The 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable is scheduled for Oct 16-17 in Des Moines, Iowa coinciding with the week of the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue and International Symposium.

As the Roundtable approaches GFN is introducing this yearsparticipants. You may recognize Chibuike Emmanel from Nigeria. Chibuike is a GFN alumnus from 2017 and happens to currently be in the US for the Cornell Alliance for Science Leadership Fellows Program- so it was a natural fit for him to return, help out and participate!

Farmer: Chibuike Emmanuel

Tanks that Chibuike uses to raise catfish.

Country: Nigeria

Where is your farm located?

Myfarm is located in Port Harcourt, in the Rivers State in the Niger Delta in southernNigeria.

What does your farm look like? What is the size of your farm? What do you grow or raise?

Our farming?capacity has now grown to hold upto?5Tons(5,000kg) of Catfish per production cycle. We?havealso completed payment for a modern?standardized?smokingkiln that will enable ustodry our fishes carcinogenic-free even though we are yet to install this because of non-availability?of conducive space. We still run off the pond water from our fish farm to grow fluted pumpkin.

What are you looking forward to most as you prepare to participate in the 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable?

This year’s GFN cohort has a lot of young farmers from different countries so I will be aiming to crosspollinate?ideaswith this diverse group on how we can further get more young people into agriculture as it is relevant to our work at the Agriculture is Sexy Network and for the food security of the world.


Because of my own challenges as a scarce-resourced smallholder farmer which is the same predicament that most othersmallholder farmers face, I intend to?discuss and get feedback on the?new conceptof?lowcost/low tech modular integrated?vertical farms which I am developing?to?help smallholder farmers maximize scarce resources.

Chibuike was selected by his peers to speak at a 2017 GFR event.