With the advent of global concerns raised by climate change and ecological systems, humans are currently facing one of the toughest challenges of how to feed billions of people. It therefore becomes imperative to integrate sustainable agriculture, rural development and family planning developmental goals. In this regard, I took up a career in food science and technology. My research is aimed at addressing food security and safety issues focusing on women's role in agriculture. My project focuses on value addition to millet thereby encouraging its cultivation providing farmers high-value markets. Millet is cultivated by women farmers in Nigeria, but grossly utilised because of lack of value added products; hence much is left to waste leading to poor livelihood
My decision to be involved in research that focus on sustainable agriculture, rural development and family planning was influenced by the food security challenges and poverty in the continent. I learned about issues like malnutrition, hunger, gender marginalization, girl child discrimination, climate change, overpopulation and understood that these are components of food insecurity. Having identified millet as a food security responsive crop, I consider it necessary to give my quota too
The major difficulty i have encountered is discrimination and discouragement from people as they have perceived me to be overambitious because of the path I have chosen. I have been able to this by demonstrating that i have passion for what I am doing and this has been one of my driving forces.
Nigeria has the largest population in Africa. Recognising the need to address the direct and underlying factors that affect implementation of family planning strategies, barriers such as how best to integrate family planning with food security and nutrition programming have been identified.This challenge can be best tackled by educating and empowering women and girls to make informed and responsible decisions about their fertility rate,take up significant roles in agriculture and food processing
The use of millet flour will be a sustainable bread making strategy within the next five years. It is hoped that on sharing the findings and outcomes of my project with relevant governmental agencies, they will buy into it by sponsoring workshops and trainings aimed at sharing the knowledge and also support pilot-plant trials. It is expected that government and local, state and national levels will help in organising farmers, millers and bakers associations for adoption of the project results.