Organic Food Initiative Programme (OFIP)

Organic food programme work with nature rather than against it. Africans are enriched with fertile soil to grow food so all kinds that are nutritious to the body. A constant diet that includes fresh foods will provide a person with more energy both physically, emotionally and a healthier lifestyle. Identification, education and empowerment of the general populace on the utilization of locally available classes’ of food will be emphasized. ERS will collaborate and support policies through research to achieve this initiative.

Eat Right Africa Network Project (ERAN Project)

This is a project under the Organic Food Initiative Programme of the Eat Right Society, a Non-Governmental Organization in Nigeria.

Eat Right Society is committed to her mission of building healthy generations through advocacy, initiatives, promotions, interventions, empowerment, poverty alleviation, partnership and networking to prevent, abate and reverse harmful effect of nutritional malpractices, malnutrition, unhealthy habits, environmental pollution and sanitation among children, youth, pregnant women, adults, aged, communities and special populations in Nigeria and other African countries. One of the ways she achieves this is through her Eat Right Africa Network project under the Organic Foods Initiative Programme (OFIP) in partnership with Bounty Jewel Nig Ltd. This project is responsible for bridging the gap by serving as intermediaries between farmers and consumers.

The Eat Right Africa Project educates farmers on the dangers of using chemicals to store their agricultural produce like grains (beans). In encouraging them, the organization gets produce (beans) from these farmers and stores them in a cold storage which is made accessible at market rate with no extra cost to the consumers. This project was piloted between November 2018 and January 2019 using individual freezers for storage in Gwarinpa District of Abuja. With the success recorded and inability to meet with the numbers of demand, the Organisation is putting resources together to increase accessibility to broaden the project.

Hitherto, chemicals have been used to preserve foods especially grains in and out of season in Nigeria. Chemicals like Aluminum Chloride (Bazooka), Dichlorovinyl Dimethyl Phosphate Compound (sniper) etc has become an acceptable means of preservation. However, survey has shown that this is not only harmful, but has led to painful demise of families as a result of food poisoning. The Eat Right Africa Network Project however forms a food security network where farmers sell off their produce to the NGO as soon as it leaves the farm, creating a sure market for them. Consequently, consumers are assured of not eating chemical-prone foods. The figure below provides a diagrammatic representation of the project.

Diagrammatic presentation of Eat Right Africa Network Project of the Eat Right Society.
Sample of pilot tested beans

 

PURPOSE/DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this project is fundamentally linked to ensuring food safety, affordability and sustainability of agricultural produce such as beans, low glycaemic cassava (locally called pupuru), local Rice (Abakiliki, Ofada). One major aspect will be to sustain accessibility of produce in and out of seasons. Hence, this project applies practical measures to ensure the improvement of agricultural produce, healthy consumers and socio-economic status of stakeholders.

A storage/warehouse facility in Dutse Alhaji, Abuja has been identified as suitable for project location with selection criteria based on central location of the facility and market proximity. 

PARTNERSHIP

Bounty Jewel Nig. Ltd is a corporate organization registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Nigeria. The organization has been partnering in revenue generation for the Society right from inception, thereby contributing to the success of the project.

CONTRIBUTION OF PRODUCT

  1. Promote healthy consumption
  2. Networking
  3. Food security
  4. Promote economic activities
  5. Provide employment opportunities

 

BENEFICIARIES

  1. Communities
  2. Farmers
  3. Market men and women
  4. Wholesalers
  5. And other stakeholders