What was I even thinking; trying to solve the world food problem? Well, it turned out that that was exactly my thought and passion. People who are close to me can relate to this. Because I don’t just jump at any opportunity to contribute to the availability of safe, sufficient and affordable food, but I also make sure I put in my best in doing so. That was why I didn’t hesitate when I got the opportunity to participate in SDG e-conference 2018 and contribute towards Zero Hunger.
I won’t bore you with the details of how we came about Team Nigeria, but the notable fact is that this team of four young and passionate people from different parts of Nigeria is one of the best team I’ve worked with thus far. Though we hadn’t met before the whole process began, the level at which the entire team flowed together to come up with such an amazing solution is surprising.
The team launched into action from the first day we were given our theme, “Policy Coherence for Food Production.” That was where the whole fun-learning began. I’ve personally read and written extensively about different food systems, but I have never taken the time to look at the side of policies, let alone their coherencies. I always think policies are mere paperwork; after all “who Policy help?” But my entire perspective changed during the course of this challenge. My horizon was broadened about the concept of policies and how they influence global food production.
Still, in the dark of what exactly to do with the knowledge gathered on policy coherence in food production, the D-day came and we had to wait for our challenge title. On the first day of the event, at exactly 11:00 am (WAT), the challenge was announced. Team Nigeria will be working on “Policy brief for the three most promising incentives for adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture”.
The work on the challenge kicked off immediately, and for the next 26 hours, these four young people from different backgrounds in food and agriculture would have to stay awake, brainstorm, analyze and come up with a two-page policy brief that advises the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) on how best to improve the implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture through incentives.
Of course, the team was equal to the task. Especially with such an awesome mentor as Claudia. Using a system approach, Team Nigeria was able to come up with three quality incentive-based policies for CSA implementation. The policies were targeted at both the farmers and the bureaucratic levels. Details of the solution are available on the solution market.
Moving forward, Team Nigeria is committed to implementing the solutions proposed. But we need partnerships with stakeholders, especially the organization(s) directly involved in formulating food policies at the local and international levels. We are also looking for technical partners in ICT for the implementation of these solutions. Feel free to contact me for more info.
All thanks to the SDG e-conference team for putting together such an amazing event.