How a Nigerian woman grow vegetables using climate-smart method

Oluwadarasimi Adedapo, also known as Farmer Simi, is a soilless farmer in Ogun state and a student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) studying Crop Production and Protection. The 23-year-old vegetable farmer tells us about her experience in the agricultural sector.

"I deal with vegetables a lot, majorly because I want to increase vegetables in every household's diet. I have a company, SIMI AGROPLACE, that produces different species of exotic leafy vegetables and vegetable nurseries through hydroponics, sales of both fruity and leafy vegetables, setting up home gardens, and also training people on soilless farming and home gardening," she says.

"I also have an organization called AgVille, an agricultural firm aimed at fostering a more sustainable impact by increasing youths' involvement in Africa's agricultural sector. We have a community of 'Agrominds' with participants majorly from Nigeria and Liberia and a few others from Uganda and Tanzania. I am also a project manager."

"Initially, I saw agriculture as a general way of life but definitely not a career path. But when I got admission into the Obafemi Awolowo University, and I realized I would be studying crop production and protection, I decided to seek more knowledge about the sector and what it really entails. From attending agro webinars and conferences to asking questions from experts and connecting with them, I realized there was a lot about the sector that one person can't just go into to start solving."


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