SPRINGBOARD Rekindles Agriculture Passion by Pioneering Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Food Production In Rural Communities In Nigeria
Springboard, located in Akure (Ondo State, Nigeria), started in 2008, under the name ‘The Youth Farm Project’ and then was later registered as ‘Springboard’ in year 2013. Springboard develops the potential of rural people – women, farmers, youth, families and the entire communities by setting up self-help groups (cooperatives), providing them with skills (through trainings), funds (through micro loans), and markets (through its vast networks). The company sees a prosperous and healthy Nigeria made possible by sustainable agriculture, organic food production, vibrant rural communities and personal enterprise.
Springboard, having proved that sustainable farms are not only possible but also successful, aims to change the old and poor perception of farming. Springboard believes farming is a dignifying source of livelihood and an exciting way of life. And Springboard is on a mission is to multiply the model of social enterprise that has been created in Springboard, and to help it thrive throughout rural Nigeria.
How The Organization is Making Social Changes Within Akure
Springboard trains Youth and Rural Women on farming and village enterprises and gives them micro-credits to run their businesses.
For the farmers, Springboard trains them on Organic Farming, give all farming tools need as well as seedlings to plant. With this, Springboard is able to help reduce hunger, reduce unemployment, increase healthy food security and improve the standard of living of all beneficiaries.
Since Inception, Springboard has trained over 2000 farmers and over 500 rural women entrepreneurs resulting in the establishment of over 1500 farms and 300 village enterprises in over 20 communities in Nigeria.
Lawrence Afere (Founder/CEO)
Helen Lawrence-Afere (COO/CO-FOUNDER)
Itohan Iyawe (head of Finance) manages Springboard accounts
Jemimah Ibitokun (Head, Farm To School Africa) leads the Farm To School Africa Project.
Lilian Fawolu (Head of Training & Administration Officer) coordinates all Springboard farm and village enterprise programs and acts as Administration officer
Olamide Akinyemi (Head, Rural Water & Sanitation Project) manages the rural water and sanitation project under the name WATSAN.
Gbenga Adeyemi (Head, Seed Centre & Demonstration Farm) coordinates the activities on the Springboard Seed Centre and Demo Farms.
Demehin Oluwatosin Jeremiah (Research and Development) is the Director of Research and Development at Springboard and also heads the SafePads production Unit.
Ogunleye Ayo (Training) coordinates the Springboard farm activities and also takes part in training Springboard farmers.
Obina (Demonstration Farm) manages the Springboard Demonstration Farms
Olorunyomi Abiodun (Demonstration Farm) manages the Springboard Cocoa Farms
Moses Johnson (Driver) the Chief Driver at Springboard.
Address:KM 6, Imafon Igbatoro Road, Akure, Ondo, Nigeria.
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