Why Lagos? According to a report by the World Economic Forum, Lagos is the biggest metropolitan area in Africa and generates $432.3 billion annually. The Africa Wealth Report 2022, released by Henley & Partners, revealed that the state is currently the fourth wealthiest city in Africa, with a total private wealth of $97 billion.
But there is a huge concern, with an increasing population of 15.4 million people, according to Statista reports, the state is not self-sustainable in terms of agriculture. Lagos state is at the bottom of the agriculture and food production chart, not only in Nigeria but in Africa, and as La Via Campesina puts it – “a nation (or state) that cannot feed itself is not free.”
Eko Yams is a project that aims to bridge that lacuna through a conscious effort to cultivate millions of yam tubers in Lagos state yearly to feed the seemingly increasing population.
The economics data of yam production in Lagos state, when compared with its population, arable farmland, and consumption, reveals that the state is sitting on a time bomb as regards self-sustainability. The fortunes and prospects of the state are nothing if it cannot feed itself.
Although Lagos State is the smallest state in Nigeria with an area of 3,345 square km, statistics reveal that 56% of lands in Nigeria – including Lagos, are uncultivated, which means that there is enable arable land in the state to carry out agriculture. As a result, there are snippets of agricultural practices in the state, but the production of yam – one of Nigeria's chief staple foods is near zero.
Below, we have highlighted some economics data of Lagos state:
Eko Yams feeds Lagosians with organic yams cultivated in Lagos at reduced costs to strengthen our entrepreneurial drive in Africa’s leading commercial nerve.
Focus on achieving higher targets and go about your daily duty, while we worry about providing you the best organic yam tubers cultivated in Lagos at an affordable price, that you can consume the best way you like!
The objectives of the Eko Yams Project include, but is not limited to: