Lagos Farm Fair

In a population of about 186 million people and a diversified economy, agriculture contributes to 70 per cent of total employment. Yet, more than 80 per cent of the total farming population are rural smallholder farmers, who in many ways are pillars of the agricultural sector and key influencers of its sustainable development.

Smallholder farmers are farmers who own small-based plots of farm landon which they grow subsistence or cash crops and rely almost exclusively on family labour. The scale and rudimentary method of farming make it difficult for these farmers to access credit facilities to upscale their production or compete in the modern food value chain. With poor access to infrastructure, inputs and markets, they are one of the most vulnerable groups in the value chain system.

A business opportunity exists for smallholder farmers to raise their incomes by switching from low quality bulk produce to high-value agricultural produce, but they face a number of constraints. Since high value agricultural commodities are perishable, there is significant volatility in their prices which thus pose significant market risks. In addition, small scale farmers have low volumes of marketable surplus and their farms are mostly located in remote areas with poorly developed infrastructure and transportation links, leading them to face high transaction costs and risks in the production and marketing of such commodities.

To bridge the gap, BATN Foundation in partnership with the Lagos State Government will organize an annual Farm Fair to create market linkage for smallholder farmers. It is expected that the Fair will be a business platform to expose farmers to opportunities in urban areas without any financial burden or risks, help showcase the quality and variety of their Farm Produce and open their horizon to new Agri- business opportunities.

To bridge the gap, BATN Foundation in partnership with the Lagos State Government will organize an annual Farm Fair to create market linkage for smallholder farmers. It is expected that the Fair will be a business platform to expose farmers to opportunities in urban areas without any financial burden or risks, help showcase the quality and variety of their Farm Produce and open their horizon to new Agri- business opportunities.

Objectives of the Fair

Promote small enterprises for business growth

Support smallholder farmers within the State

Provide market access and linkage

Create platform to network and explore business opportunities

Provide fresh and healthy farm produce to the public

Promote Agri-business among urban youths

The farm fair is a 1-day event scheduled to hold on the 16th of October 2019.

Event Outline

There will be a series of events on the day. These will include:

Famers market

Exhibition

Master Class

Pop up restaurants

Parade

Award ceremony

Partnerships

Nigeria displays the characteristics of a dual economy – a modern sector heavily dependent on oil earnings overlays a traditional agricultural and trading economy. Although Oil still accounts for our major revenue and a significant portion of our export earnings, Agriculture is shown to serve as the economic activity of most Nigerians; it is clear that many indulge in agriculture as a survival strategy rather than a calculated effort to drive wealth creation and economic growth.

A partnership on the Farm Fair would drive the narrative that there is wealth in sustainable agriculture and it is a fast way out of poverty. Most importantly, your partnership will ensure that smallholder farmers are empowered to increase their income and move from subsistence to commercial agriculture.

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