A friend once asked, ‘Why are you doing this to yourself? It’s dirty, exhausting, and difficult.’
‘Soon the world will depend on Africa for food,’ I replied.
I come from a country where the majority of young girls my age think farming is a dirty job. Few engage in agricultural practice; getting white-collar jobs is the usual trend, where most of them end up wasting quality years job-hunting.
As a child, I had a passion for farming: the most interesting part is the sprouting of seeds a few days after planting. This usually thrilled me and gives me more drive to become a farmer.
After graduation I decided to get involved in the practice. I started on a small scale, hard working, with persistence and patience; I made progress and expanded my farm over time.
This inspired me to create a platform—EarthTab, an initiative that encourages, trains, and empowers women and youths of coachable age with a record of success of engaging in agricultural business in my community.
I am currently working on processing watermelon rinds to baking powder and chips from its fruit.
GCARD will enable me have a cross-border cultural experience, which will broaden my horizon in business and entrepreneurship, my acquaintance with other agripreneurs, and which will enable me add more value to my service to my community.
Agho P. Blessing is an Ambassador for YALI, the Young African Leaders Initiative, the initiator of EarthTab, and State Coordinator Food4AllNigeria.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Agho P Blessing (Nigeria) agho2015[at]yahoo.com
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