Green Sahara farms has disclosed plans to rejuvenate about 200,000 hectares of land in the North Central and Sahel region amid degradation of land due to climate change.
The move was due to the encroaching Sahara desert and the receding Lake Chad Basin region with the consequent environmental tragedy which affects quality of life of over 30 million people around the Sahel.
The Chief Executive Officer GSF, Suleiman Dikwa, explained that the farm in partnership with their partners is creating a full value chain in the two regions through planting of trees and creating a green economy wherein human beings co-exist with nature in a sustainable manner.
Dikwa while speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri, Borno state stated that Green Sahara Farms is working towards changing the criminal economy due to extremism and banditry in the North East and the north central into an economy dependent on natural capital.
He further explained that,” We create a model which seeks to adapt business models which redevelop natural capital and reconnect the economy to nature using landscape restoration as a foundation for the emergent Economy with a view to develop an economy for the common good.
”Our approach to business is to create economic clusters of interconnected and co-dependent entities of stakeholders through the sustainable market approach which takes cognisance of all social ,environmental and economic components of the supply chain.
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”We commenced tree planting at the inception of the company in Yobe state where we experimented by introducing trees in Potiskum and environs. About five years later, we commenced the green sahara revolution which is Africa Centric, components of the program in our first strategic framework were operation Spicy Green , Green Grain Gains, Green Tree Thrift (GTT).
”We had two major successes with the OSG. We were able to work with a local company, Tiger Foods Limited to develop alternatives to imported raw materials and clean up the supply chain of herbs and spices.
”We are able to commercialize the cultivation and processing turmeric regenaratively , to the best of my knowledge the most successful import substitution program in recent history in Nigeria.
”Our business model was adjudged one of the best in Africa by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Initiative for Global Leadership .
The company was scouted by an Indian company operating in Nigeria to develop its export supply chain which was successfully developed with export market linkages established globally be currently closing negotiations with major global retailers in Partnership with Green Savannah sustainable foods of the United kingdom and Fidelity bank PLC.
”The company has always faced financing constraints vis a vis the opportunities available to it, so it focuses on developing sustainable systems and processes through its engagements with governments at international ,national and local levels .
While developing its nursery capacity and seeking landscapes to restore it’s preferred balance sheet of natural capital,” Suleiman Dikwa said.