Youth AgriLead -SIGNUP PROJECT
Who are you?
My name is Obinwogo Irene Onyinye.I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. I am passionate about hunger and poverty alleviation, food security and youth development. I currently volunteer with Grooming Leaders for Agriculture to achieve these SDGs.
How did you become a partner with GLA?
I volunteered with Grooming Leaders for Agriculture GLA through a recommendation from an active development worker, friend and coursemate; Okonkwo Kenneth Chukwuebuka.
What has changed since then?
The program has improved my leadership and team work skills through work with my team (the students) to achieve a set goal at stipulated time.
What school did you adopt for your school farm project?
Community High School Alalubosa, Egbeda LGA, Ibadan.
What is your experience in the project?
Before the project started, the students had a wrong attitude and very poor knowledge towards agriculture. For example, planting seeds without making beds or ridges thereby causing food loss through erosion and also depending solely on rainy season to produce food. My project with the school engaged them in the right training, supervision and learning practical skills, they now understand how to support the economy by growing food which will build their communities, reduce poverty and create their own jobs through sustainable agriculture practices
What activities did you carry out in your school?
We planted three major vegetables; Pumpkin, Ewedu and Cucumber. We made beds before planting, practiced irrigation as the project was carried out during dry season, we used kitchen waste and poultry dropping to improve soil fertility. Weeding and staking were also done when necessary.
What personal initiative did you adopt?
Instead of using conventional farming methods such as soil remediation, irrigation practices and use of inorganic farm inputs. I adopted the use of sustainable, innovative and climate smart agricultural approach and also used indigenous vegetable seeds to demonstrate the importance of organic farming and organic foods in our society.
What are the lessons you learnt?
Through this project I learnt that quality education does not only help the children improve their agricultural practices but also helps them become more successful farmers thereby propagating a cycle of agricultural sustainability towards solving global demand for food product which is on the rise as a result of population growth.
What are your recommendations?
I recommend that Nigerian schools should adopt GLA’s initiative of hands-on-soil practical agriculture so as to help them with agriprenurial skills. Universities too should get the youths engaged in agriculture regardless of course of study so as to curb lack of interest in agriculture among youths, improve nutrition and secure food for future generations.
I am so grateful to Grooming Leaders for Agriculture for the opportunity to be able make quality impact to alleviate hunger and effect possible change.