At the beginning of the year 2000, the international community worked to perfect plans and start implementation of an 8-goal agenda. The agenda aim to address the array of development challenges facing the world and especially the poor. At the September 2000 Millennium Summit, 149 heads of states endorsed the Millennium Development Goals (M.D.Gs). Later, at the UN General Assembly, the heads of state of all 189 UN member states adopted the goals. The agenda is relevant for all countries, whether their targets are the Millennium Development Targets, other national and sub-national targets, or some combination of the two. Although the 8-goal agenda was implemented for the target 15 years with substantial progress made, the achievements have been uneven.
After 2015, the community set up a discussion to focus on building a sustainable world where environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and economic development are equally valued. This was envisaged through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) document containing 17 goals to be achieved by 2030 [see]. The SDGs aim to:
- Eliminate poverty;
- End hunger;
- Promote good health and well-being;
- Ensure quality education;
- Ensure gender equality;
- Ensure sustainable use of water and sanitation;
- Ensure affordable and clean energy;
- Promote decent work and economic growth;
- Build industry, innovation, and infrastructure;
- Reduce inequality;
- Make cities and communities sustainable;
- Ensure responsible consumption and production;
- Take urgent action to combat climate change;
- Conserve life under water;
- Protect, restore and promote sustainability of life on land;
- Promote peace, justice, and strong institutions; and
- Strengthens implementation of partnership for the goals.
Among other things, setting goals helps to focus on outcomes and keep track of what is achievable. However, achieving the S.D.Gs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure the future generations enjoys a better planet. The implication of this is that all hands must be on deck. Stakeholder in all spheres of economic endeavor must work hand-in-hand to promote achievement of the stated goals for the overall good of mankind, now and later.
In her capacities, FarmKonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited set out to promote modern and sustainable agriculture which conforms to the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). The model for the company’s farming activities is designed in a way that promotes achieving the S.D.Gs. In all her activities – crop and livestock – the company hopes to be the leading brand in Agribusiness both in Nigeria and beyond. Staff, investors, and other players along crop and livestock value chains are provided with opportunities to earn income, enjoy fulfilling livelihood and thereby stem poverty in line with (S.D.G-1). With annual production of tonnes of staple and vegetable crops, the society is guaranteed of a boost to food security, healthy diets, for productive living as envisaged in S.D.G-2.
However, it is known that wellness does not consist only in balanced diet; “an unhealthy mind may do as much damage to people’s productivity as an empty stomach”. Hence, FarmKonnect introduced a touch of touristic attraction to her farming projects. With this, people can feel some aesthetic relief from nature through agriculture. This supports a holistically healthy and productive society- S.D.G-3. In support of S.D.G-4, FarmKonnect hopes to empower 15000 African youths through training and mentorship in the principles and practice of Agribusiness. This is to be achieved under her Agricultural Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (A.S.E.F) project. As an equal opportunity company, the company promotes S.G.D-5 by making room for participation of the women, both on and off our agribusiness field, and so promotes equality-S.D.G-10.
Leveraging on the smart and innovative irrigation approach like the drip irrigation, the company promotes efficient use of water resources in line with S.D.G-6. Other areas FarmKonnect has brought unique innovation into the Nigerian Agriculture industry, in line with SDG-9, are through; crowd funding, use of drone technology, use of greenhouses among others. Just like the idea with S.D.G-11, FarmKonnect associates with local communities in which her projects are domiciled with plans to adequately tap from the local resources for her growth and sustainability. In line with SDG-8, FarmKonnect’s farming activities promises to provide thousands of employment opportunities to people along the agribusiness value chain. The company has special plans to engage women, and youths in her farming business.
The company’s agricultural real estate model promotes the inclusive agriculture such that anybody, regardless of physical status, ethnic or religious affiliations, primary occupation, can practice farming. Based on S.D.G-16, FarmKonnect acknowledges that achieving global peace will remain a mirage if hunger and unemployment continues to bedevil the society, hence her mantra: “Agriculture is Peace.” Similar to SDG-17, the company holds the idea of networking through partnership. While seeking more win-win partnership opportunities, the company is currently in partnership with companies like Touchstone snails in Cyprus, Pangoo in China, Kickstart in USA, Lead way Assurance, Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) and Aquapet among others.
As Farmkonnect aspires to lead the brand in Agribusiness in Nigeria and Africa, the company will make impressive contribution to sustainable development in the continent in few years from now.