To start with, I am happy to be part of the participants directed to undergo my #SIWES at LEAD Transformation Initiative. My stay in this organisation has changed my
perception about agriculture and exposed me to the
untapped opportunities in the green collar profession.
The trainings afford me the opportunity to learn
practical #agroforestry, Container farming, Seedling
production, Sustainable Agricultural Land
Management (#SALM) practices, Idea generation
(through the Idea Spark program) and Irrigation setup.
The above experience has raised my confidence level
to venture into agriculture even while going back to
school. The director’s timely spiritual edification has
been helpful for me in particular.
Once again, I am grateful to every authority in this organisation for making my stay
worthwhile. Thanks and God bless you for impacting greatness and making my life a
Odufeko Olashile Samuel
“The time spent at LEAD Transformation Initiative gave me the opportunity to learn the trends in the agricultural sector. From the old ways of farming to the latest ones. I learnt a system that allows tree, crops and insect grow together called #agroforestry, I understood the importance of mulching, an integral practice in farming especially dry season farming, container farming among others. As an Engineering student, I was privileged to handle the power tilling machine both in operation and maintenance which gave me an insight into how small tools can be developed for agricultural”
“During my #SIWES at LEAD Transformation Initiative, I learnt how to conserve available water in the soil for plant growth and microbes development through mulching practice, Honey production, Container farming, seedling production and the value chains. LEAD Transformation Initiative gave me a new definition of agriculture which is totally different from what have experienced. I will replicate all these lessons after school”
Temidayo Ayodeji Peter
“As for me I gained a lots of knowledge during my period of SIWES attachment at LEAD Transformation Initiative
Container farming, mulching, irrigation set up,
poultry management and seedling production
was all in all for me. I also enjoyed my stay in
the rural community of #Mariwo, using
the power tiller to help the rural farmers prepare
their land prior to planting and using of the thread pump for irrigation on farm. My special
appreciation goes to the entire LTI team for their contribution in my development”
Ighorojeh Olalekan Eze
“My stay at LEAD Transformation Initiative was educative all through. I was first re-aligned on the opportunities in the agricultural sector, its potential to create job for me and make me leave the queue of unemployment through the idea spark program. This was an appetizer that opened my mind to learning the practical HOW. The practical how include#Agroforestry—a sustainable approach to farming which is quite different from the style of farming I have been exposed to, vertical farming, among others. This internship period also afford me the opportunity of getting involved in farm management activities with new exposure”
“My internship period was an interesting period of my life that I will love to always remember. I was opened up to another knowledge in agriculture. The container farming, bee keeping, production of organic fertilizers and plant enhancers was my high points of the training which am going to implement on my father’s farm”
My period of internship at LEAD Transformation Initiative has opened me to a new way in farming where crops and trees are mutually benefiting each other and also replenishing the soil. I also learnt the importance of
mulching to reduce water loss from the soil and to protect the soil microorganisms. I hope to apply the lessons
learnt on my own farm”
Federal College of Agriculture Akure
WHAT THE TRAINING HAS DONE TO ME
Before the commencement of this program, I never have any technique on how to approach problems to ensure a tangible solution.
In the course of this training I can now approach community problems in a professional way by the problem statement and the root causes, it has broaden my insight on the farm and on research and making me independent.
With the process of this training I have been able to envisioned a waste free campus producing healthy graduates.
I am hereby on a mission to go to campuses to collect, sort and convert biodegradable waste to organic manure and supply schools with biogas electricity to aid research.
Prior to my opportunistic encounter with Lead Initiative, I was encumbered with lots of projects which won’t make a meaningful impact as well as be a source of livelihood to me.
In the course of these training, I have been able to conceptualised clear problem statement that meet the basic needs of man.
It is a unique training which enables me to self-educate, re-orientate, transform, build confidence, high self-esteem in my worthiness to the society and gives me a platform to live out my dreams.
My transforming mind had made me to envision “a nation where agricultural graduate are employable producing sufficient and healthy food for their populace”.
Health of humanity has been an issue of personal concern for me. This burden led me to follow a masters degree in environmental biology and public health.
Lead transformation initiative has enabled me to realise that when we invest in agriculture, the impact goes beyond the farm.
Therefore, I am on a mission to remotely monitor and encourage good health amongst rural farmers even as I help them to connect with the tools and knowledge they need to feed themselves thus addressing the root cause of poverty, hunger and Ill health.
My joining LEAD initiative came as a result of a setback in my academics (which was not my expectation). But I can boldly say “IT WAS A SETBACK FOR A BETTER COME-BACK”
I was able to understand the PROFITS of the value chains in agriculture based on hands-on training. I understood more that Agriculture is a PROFESSION OF HOPE. Better interrelationship with people. Broke the limited mind-set I once had for the blind. Having a CORE understanding on problem analysis. Understanding the power of THINKING.
(blind but very energetic participant)
Lead transformation initiatives training have show me and lead me into depth research, and also generate new innovative mind. Hence, the training motivate my thinking direction towards any issues around my community and give me ways of solving the issues. Also the training has shown me to people that lead to destiny expression and give stories that are encouraging and motivate destiny.
Even keep me to working on the farm effectively and have the mind to practice agriculture. This leads to my vision, agricsport with the blind.
I want to raise healthy blind youths planting and producing food for their community.
Have always been scared about the possibility of my dream. There is no clarity of route that link my present to that desired future. I was like a man going to place for the first time without knowing where and how to go, to him every route will seems possible until he tries it. The timely intervention of LEAD *TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE* have saved me energy and resources of trying before knowing the right route. The journey ahead is still far though, but the clarity is now certain. Have been equipped with the necessary tools to explore opportunities and refine same.
My vision in life is to be financially free and this will be achieved by enriching lives through value addition to various agricultural value chains and sustainable projects