How GIS Is Supporting 60,000 Ginger Farmers in Nigeria

Reacting to the supply chain crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and wanting to ensure long-term resiliency in Nigeria’s agricultural output, Agrolog Limited, an innovative Nigeria-based agribusiness, partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in August 2021 to support 60,000 small-scale ginger growers, primarily women and young people, in Kaduna State.

“The ginger value chain, if well harnessed, can transform livelihoods for thousands of families by offering a steady and sustainable income stream,” said Dr. Manzo Maigari, managing director of Agrolog Limited, in a press release.

Nigeria is the second-largest producer of ginger in the world. In 2018, Agrolog began its work developing the ginger value chain in Nigeria, from planting the crop to getting it to consumers. The 2021 partnership with Mastercard Foundation provided materials, capacity, and structural support to boost ginger production and increase work opportunities for women and young people in Nigeria.

“Ginger farming and processing for products such as ginger spices, powder, oil, medicine, tea, and tonic confectioneries hold massive opportunities for smallholder farmers, young people, and women across the entire value chain,” continued Maigari.

The Empowerment of Women and Youths Through the Ginger Value Chain a two-year collaborative project involving 12 local governments across southern Kaduna State and 60,000 ginger farmers to cultivate 0.5 hectares of ginger each, for a total of 30,000 hectares.

“What is unique about this project is our end-to-end value chain approach, which takes care of every node including land preparation, planting, harvesting [and] processing, packaging, haulage, storage, and market access,” said Maigari.

The goal is to guarantee greater income for farmers and enhance their livelihood. “This approach helps strengthen the ginger market system to sustainably serve many farmers at scale beyond the project life span,” said Maigari.

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Source: Gerald Umeze 2022, Agrolog Limited, accessed 13 September 2022, <Case Study>