“…we are committed to touching lives to the best of our capacity, and we will be happy to have put smiles on the faces of people by the time the storm is over” — Mr Azeez Oluwole.
1. Every year about 800 million people globally experience hunger or are unable to eat the required food that will give them sufficient caloric energy to live normal lives. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, with Nigeria leading the most malnourished part of the world. According to the 2019 GHI report, Nigeria ranks 93 out of 117 hunger-infested countries of the world with an average score of 27.9.
2. The problem of hunger in the country and the world at large has worsen-up due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has continued to ravage the world economy. Currently, no fewer than 50 million Nigerians — whose livelihoods depend on less than one dollar that they earn per day from doing odd jobs — have been hit hard due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The socio-economic tremor of the Covid-19 pandemic is an encompassing one — having both the poor and the rich under its spell.
3. While many business owners and CEOs are clamouring for a bailout from the government, the founder and CEO of FarmKonnect Agribusiness Nigeria, Mr Azeez Oluwole, thinks it is high time the more privileged gave back to society, by helping the helpless and less privileged whose lives and survival are more endangered under this health cum economic crisis. According to him, ‘’the problem is a global crisis and cannot be left for the government alone to handle, hence, it is expedient that some of us at the upper echelon begin to look inward to salvage the condition of those at the ebb of the social strata who are the most vulnerable.’’
4. Thus, FarmKonnect in partnership with Agricultural Social and Entrepreneurship Foundation (ASEF), a not-for-profit and subsidiary of FarmKonnect set out, on Tuesday, 31st of March 2020, to deliver food items to at least 1200 households in Oyo and Osun states. This is in line with the mission of the companies to promote food security in the country and in the continent.
5. While kickstarting the humanitarian project on Tuesday Mr. Azeez Oluwole expressed his appreciation to all FarmKonnectors, staff, and sponsors, for their sacrifices at this hard time, and other well-wishers who have contributed in one way or the other to the execution of the project. According to the CEO;
Now is time our deepest values and inspiration are being put to test. My inspiration is to see Africa become a continent where no child is hungry; where no woman sweats to feed and no man hungers. I hope to see Nigeria become a nation where all her citizens have enough to eat and more to spare.
As a growing business, we may currently not have the wherewithal to consistently feed all the households throughout this time of the crisis. But we are committed to touching lives to the best of our capacity, and we will be happy to have put smiles on the faces of people by the time the storm is over.
6. The programs’ Coordinator and Director, ASEF, Miss Jinadu Eniolamide expressed optimism on the socio-economic consequence of the project. ‘’This is a project that will significantly impact thousands of lives, particularly those in the rural communities of Oyo and Osun state; it will also inspire other business owners, philanthropists and NGOs to intensify their efforts in promoting humanitarian projects and social services, especially in hunger-stricken communities and households’’ the ASEF Director said.