Food Defense Initiative is a non-governmental agro-entrepreneurial initiative which employs the expertise of professional and seasoned farmers and a mechanized, regimented farming system to promote food security and sufficiency in Nigeria.
We will achieve this goal by training and equipping unemployed youths, graduates and rural farmers along agricultural commodity value chain so we can establish agro-industrial projects in every Local Government Area of the Federation.
We intend to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the State Ministry of Agriculture, the National Youth Service Corps and other governmental agencies.
We also plan partnering with Financial Institutions to facilitate access to credit facilities for our trained members to encourage the establishment of Agro-ventures, thereby boosting productivity to increase profits.
Food Defense Initiative, Nigeria alias Food Defense Corps started as a group in Ikot Ekpene LGA. Of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. It was born out of passion to establish a uniformed and formidable platform to empower unemployed youths, fresh graduates and rural farmers in the farming business. It was the divine inspiration and initiative of Mister Emmanuel Essien Okon, from Ikot Obong Edung Village in Ikot Ekpene Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
A computer scientists and Agro-Industrialist who is the initial member board of directors to organized and structure a system where these young men and women will harness their God-given natural and human resources in food production. He visualized a system where these youths will learn farming and character molding through instilling of discipline in them.
The first set of corps was trained at Ikot Ekpene L.G.A. of Akwa Ibom State, in March 2015 and was later moved to a farm camp facilitated by Hon Amb. Nkoyo Toyo for Constituency Project at Odukpani L.G.A in cross Rivers State in order for the organization to test run the model.
To the Glory of God, after series of trials and challenges, Food Defense Initiative Nigeria, (FDI) was formally lunched in Uyo with Ten (10) Senior Project Directors to oversee the Ten (10) Directorates in February,2017.
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