Nigeria is by far the most populous country in Africa. Around 225 million people live in the West African state and the population is constantly increasing. Poverty is high and Nigeria's agriculture is under pressure, also due to climate change. We show how important education is for ecologically sustainable development - in Nigeria and also in Switzerland.
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"If I could feed my family by farming, I wouldn't have to worry about it anymore."
Ladi Zachariah, farmer from Nigeria
Ladi Zachariah lives with her sons in northeastern Nigeria. She grows beans, peanuts and corn to feed her family. But the harvests are poor and Ladi says, "We don't have enough to eat." The soil is becoming more infertile, and climate change is causing more frequent droughts and floods.
Although Ladi has been working in the fields since her youth, the knowledge passed down to her is not helpful enough. That's why the educational opportunities offered by our local partners are important to her. She says, "I have learned a lot and will pass that on to others."
Our film shows the environment in which Ladi lives and works and the importance education has for her.
The situation in Nigeria is precarious
Due to the rapid population growth, the The available agricultural area per capita decreases.
About 40 % of the population lives below the poverty line and is on Self-sufficiency reliant.
The widespread cultivation with synthetic fertilizers depletes the soil and reduces its fertility.
The situation is particularly difficult in the northeast of the country, where climate change is affecting crops and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent.
Deforestation, erosion and the pollution caused by waste and contaminated groundwater additionally reduce the soil quality.
What Mission 21 and its partners do
Our partner organizations train farmers and farm women in the northeast in sustainable agriculture, mixed crops and environmentally friendly pest control methods.
Our partner organization promotes energy-efficient stoves with practical building instructions and financial resources.
Sensitization for the planting of trees
Mission 21 promotes in Switzerland with educational events and action ideas an environmentally friendly and resource-efficient lifestyle.
Education and Food Sovereignty in Nigeria
We achieved this in 2022 through our project work in Nigeria:
Farmers trained for agroecological cultivation
Farmers and farmers trained on
"Farmer's Field Day."
Farmers and farm women sensitized
for planting trees
Residents in five villages learned how to build energy-efficient stoves.
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Seasonal calendar - for our climate
The seasonal calendar helps us to buy seasonally and regionally. In this way, we can all contribute to our health and the climate.
Available free of charge in our store.
Future Day at Mission 21
Do you also want to work for a fairer world? Then join Mission 21 for Future Day on November 9, 2023. at Mission 21. You will get an insight into international development cooperation, global contexts and the various professions at a non-profit organization.
"The problem of food insecurity requires adaptation. Agricultural practices must adapt to the problems of climate change. Appropriate technologies will be used that can meet people's needs based on available resources."
Agricultural scientist and participant in Mission 21's Youth Embassy Program.
"Farmers often do not have the necessary means to run their businesses. Access to capital should be made easier. Furthermore, more jobs would have to be created for agricultural students."
Program Managers Nigeria
100 years of EYN: Great anniversary celebrations in Nigeria
The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) is an important partner organization for Mission 21. Together we work for peacebuilding, education and food sovereignty. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of EYN, Jochen Kirsch, Director of Mission 21, traveled to Abuja to celebrate together with the church leadership and the population and to bring greetings from our worldwide network.
When happiness is suddenly so close
How can we ourselves contribute to a more sustainable food system? We interviewed farmer Nicole Tanner from Birsmattehof, an organic farm in Therwil near Basel, about these questions. On the Birsmattehof, vegetables have been grown according to the Bio Suisse guidelines since 1981. Seasonally appropriate and diverse.