The global development framework – Agenda 2030 – revolves around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which has a total of 169 targets covering economic, social development, and environmental protection. As a more forward-looking developmental agenda, it seeks to address the lapses in the achievements of the last Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and has poverty eradication as its overarching goal. It provides opportunities for engagements and partnership to address global challenges in an all-inclusive manner. It also seeks to foster prosperity, peace and partnerships for sustainable development which are crucial to economic sustainability, especially in developing countries 
A farm is an area of land that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes with the primary objective of producing food and other crops; it is the basic facility in food production. The name is used for specialized units such as arable farms, vegetable farms, fruit farms, dairy, pig and poultry farms, and land used for the production of natural fibers, and other commodities. It includes ranches, feedlots, orchards, plantations and estates, smallholdings and hobby farms, and includes the farmhouse and agricultural buildings as well as the land. In modern times the term has been extended so as to include such industrial operations as wind farms and fish farms, both of which can operate on land or sea.
The word ‘sabotage’ implies a deliberate act which prevents the success of a plan or action. It could also describe an attempt to deliberately obstruct, destroy or undermine the usefulness of something . Although the word is commonly used in the military parlance, an economy can also be sabotaged especially when certain practices undermine the potentials of economic activities to deliver their full benefits. In a typical economy- developed or developing- there are primary, secondary, tertiary or quaternary sectors which produces raw materials, transform raw materials into finished products, render supportive services (such as telecommunication, health, banking, insurance e.tc.) […]
Asides the use of land for residential purposes, the commercial and industrial uses of land are recognized in real estate. Agriculture is a commercial activity that offers a lot of opportunities for individual investors and economic development . As the basic requirement for production of crops and livestock, land availability affects the scale of farming operation and efficiency of the other resources you use on the farm. Its scarcity may severely limit future expansion opportunities of farming business. While owning land has many advantages such as: provision of accumulated land equity which can be collateralized; sole right of ownership and […]
Drone surveying a farm Data collection is a crucial aspect of farm management and growth. In the past, farmers have employed weak data collection tools that led to poor decisions and huge losses. Even for large scale growers who engaged experts in the field in collecting accurate data, such data collection would take months to collect. By the time the data was ready for use, it had become irrelevant. Since the early 80’s when the first aerial unmanned drones were put into commercial use, there has been an increasing number of farmers using drones in monitoring their crop production. Now, […]
Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) describes a situation whereby all people have physical, social, and economic access to food, which is safe and consumed in sufficient quantities to provide them with their dietary requirement for a healthy and active life. It is a central concept that can be explored from the perspective of activities in the horticultural sector of agriculture . A country is food secure when its people have access to nutrient-rich food in the physical, social and economic terms to meet their dietary requirements. Nigeria has a total population of about 20 million with varying demographics across its […]
To meet global food demand by 2050, agriculture efficiency must increase by 35% – 70% and technology is the key. at Farmkonnect we believe the world doesn’t need more farmers rather we need more efficient farmers. Big Data revolution together with machine learning and Artificial intelligence would help farmers make better decisions and bring about an astronomical improvement in Nigerian agriculture. For farm produce to get to the table, it has to travel through multiple intermediaries, involving multiple variables and hence multiple decision making at every single level. At the same time, at every single level, enormous data is generated. […]
The Importance of Reducing Food Waste. The earth’s population is estimated to hit 9.1 billion around the year 2050 with Nigeria to be Africa’s most populous country with 390 million inhabitants. Food production will need to increase by 70% to feed the masses, however producing more is not the only answer. With 1.3 billion tons of food ending up in landfills every year and up to 40 percent of that food waste is produced by developing countries. reducing current levels of food waste is top on the agenda for industry leaders. In developed countries, at the retail level, large quantities of […]
Poultry farming is the breeding of domesticated birds (chicken, turkey, geese, duck, etc.) for commercial purposes and/or for personal consumption. Poultry farming is a lucrative but delicate business. Lucrative in the sense that the consumption of the end product; chicken and egg are in constant demand up and down the country and it happens to be a potent source of animal protein outside fish, pork and beef. More importantly, poultry products fall into the category of white meat, believed to be more healthy for human consumption. Delicate in the sense that producers are very careful in caring for the birds to […]
New technology could transform poor-quality sandy soils into high-yield agricultural land. Through a combination of climate change, drought, overgrazing and other human activities, desertification across the world is on the march. It’s a process defined by the UN as “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions”. Given that around 40 per cent of the Earth’s land surface is occupied by drylands – home to around two billion people – the potential for desertification to impact the planet is huge. A recent report from the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative claimed that it’s a problem costing the world as […]
The theme for this year’s (2019) National Science Day is ‘Science for the people and People for the science’. Agriculture which provides about 22 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP), and employs nearly 50 percent of the population is mainly driven by science from Green revolution to today’s biotechnology aided breeding development. So, the theme rightly synchronizes with Agriculture, where Science and Technology has lead to sustainable large scale farming, rural upliftment and agrarian livelihood and farmer empowerment. Towards Sustainable Farming Technology has revolutionized the path of agriculture towards more eco-friendly manners such as; Conservation Agriculture with minimum soil disturbance […]
Carrots are a popular root vegetable that’s easy to grow as long as it’s planted in loose, sandy soil. Carrot is important root crops cultivated throughout the world for its fleshy edible roots. Carrot farming is done in the spring, summer, and autumn in temperate climate countries and during winter in tropical and subtropical regions. Most varieties of carrots are resistant to pests and diseases, and they are also a good late-season crop that can tolerate frost. In fact, they prefer to be grown during the cooler ends of the growing season—spring and fall. Carrots’ root is rich in sugar, […]
Grapefruit, whose botanical name means “fruit of paradise,” is a relative of the orange, with segmented, juicy flesh and a clean, tangy flavor. These fruits are categorized as red, pink or white by their interior color. While all colors of grapefruit carry a wealth of health benefits, red grapefruit may be most beneficial of all. Low in calories, high in fiber and phytonutrients, grapefruit is a healthy dietary choice. If you take prescription medications, especially statin drugs, avoid undesirable interactions by consulting your doctor before eating grapefruit.
It is a widely cultivated crop that belongs to the gourd family. It is basically originated in South Asia, but is grown in other parts of the world including Nigeria. It is considered as the perfect food when it comes to keeping fit and healthy. As it contains many essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, VitaminK, Manganese, Copper and Potassium, incorporating cucumbers in your daily diet can lead to excellent health benefits. Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit. It is high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds […]