Usman Ali Lawan

Usman Ali Lawan

Growing up in the rural town of Kura in northern Nigeria, Usman says he was painfully aware of the difficulties that subsistence farmers, like his grandfather, faced. “The agricultural value chain is marred by post-harvest losses, lack of access to quality farm-input, poor extension services, and almost zero access to finance”. He left rural Nigeria …

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Helping Africa’s Smallholders Feed the World

KEFFI, NIGERIA – In the rural village of Kura in Kano State, Nigeria, where I grew up, my grandfather would lose more than half of his tomatoes after each harvest. He was not a bad farmer. But bad roads made it difficult for him to get his tomatoes to market, and he had never learned …

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