How Our Food Forest, Climate Smart Agriculture and Transformational Education Concepts Has Been Transforming The Livelihood of Youths and Rural Farmers In Ondo State

How Our Food Forest, Climate Smart Agriculture and Transformational Education Concepts Has Been Transforming The Livelihood of Youths and Rural Farmers In Ondo State

From 2017 till date, Lead Transformation Initiative has reached about 6000 beneficiaries with its awareness campaign, workshops, in-class and hands-on trainings to drive its vision of raising transformed minds that are creating sustainable development in the rural and urban communities of Nigeria starting from Ondo State.

LTI director of Strategies and Operations Mr. Titilayo Femi Kings stated this in an interview he granted Nigerian Tribune which was published on 14th day of July 2020 as part of the activities to round up the LTI year 2019/2020. He stated that with our unique tools of  Transformational Education and Climate Smart Agriculture, high school students, university students, unemployed youths, employees, rural farmers,  women and rural kids  have experienced the transformational touch of this organization in different forms towards their individual development and that of their communities.

Mr. Titilayo Femi Kings LTI Director of Strategies and Operations 

Travelling back through the times, our project Sustainable Development Bootcamp a six months agric-inclined transformative program has trained over 95 youths on agribusiness development from which 25 startups have emerged along the agricultural value chains.

Participants of the Sustainable development bootcamp in class

School of Ideation formerly Idea Spark, a one-week transformative short course has trained about 250 youths on process of ideation, 95 of them moved to incubation while 25 have commenced sustainable projects and enterprise.

Youth unemployment

Participants of the school of ideation

Our Food Forest concept which include Teensgrowforest, Youth Grow Natural and Mariwo Natural has reached out to about 2000 high school students, 500 youths and over 700 farmers in the rural and urban communities respectively. Through the food forest concept, we have created a rural co-working space where youths and rural farmers work hand in gloves, exchange scientific knowledge and indigenous knowledge using agroforestry as a tool for healthy food production, environmental protection and job creation. We have produced and sold over 35,000 tree seedlings from which we have directly planted over 8000 trees with the joint efforts of youths and rural farmers to offset carbon in Akure South and Ifedore LGAs of Ondo State. The food forest gives regular produce such as Honey, Vegetables, Tubers, Fishes, Poultry products and some other staple food items with which the farmers and youths are generating livelihood.

 

 

 

Some of the produce from our food forest

The Youth Grow Natural project has trained over 295 youths on practical agriculture who are now motivated to become actors in our food system and climate actions. The trained youths are now actively involved in our project Teensgrowforest where over 2,000 high school students are exposed to career opportunities in agriculture from which 193 of the students showed interests in practical agriculture. In one urban high school where practical agricultural training as gone into extinction, a 3 hectares school farm was restored to improve the quality of agricultural education in the school, young farmers club was initiated for management of the farm and also supply part of what the school’s kitchen needs.

youths in landscape

Youths in the hands-on training

High school students on perception change and CSA hands-on

The Mariwo Natural project has trained over 33 farmers in Mariwo community on Agroforestry who are now using the knowledge acquired on their respective farms to produce food and to combat climate change. Some of the rural farmers who are part of the people that illegally fell over 70,000 trees in the forest now understand the importance of trees cum forest and have planted over 2500 trees back in the depleting community forest with the potential to plant more trees with time.

Rural farmers in action

 

Project Agrogender Development exposed 109 women to agroforestry and agricultural value chains development from which 39 rural women have developed interest and returned to farming. With the provision of soft loan by LTI, 9 of the rural women businesses got improved.

Women in agriculture

Selected 45 rural kids with low career ambition, poor hygiene and low self-esteem are getting educational support services on ICT, career path development, personal hygiene, sexual reproductive health and rights under our Smart Farmers’ Kids project.

Spelling, the basics to read and write ability

Some of the beneficiaries of the project Smart  Farmers Kids

Gender RIDE reached 1,996 high school students on career path development, sexual reproductive health and right from which 395 female students from two high schools got trained in reusable sanitary pad production to reduce absenteeism in school during their menstrual period.

Reusable sanitary pads production for adolescent girls by gender ride

Project Gender RIDE with high school students

SLEDT Nigeria and SLEDT Rwanda has trained over 190 student leaders on good leadership, healthy food production, climate action and agribusiness development who are now climate ambassadors.

Students leaders from Nigeria and Rwanda in training

Kingsrealm International, a spiritual transformation platform of LTI has reached over 200 people with messages that enable them to receive with their spirit, conceive brilliant ideas with their mind and work diligently with their hands. 30 people entered into mind transformation by attending LTI school of Ideation.

 

 

 

 

 

Transformed youths in hands-on

 

 

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