2018 Global Farmer Roundtable – Patience Koku from Nigeria


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

As the Roundtable approaches GFN is introducing this year’s participants.  So let’s get to know a little bit about Patience Koku who farms in Nigeria… 


Farmer:  Patience Koku 

Country:  Nigeria


Where is your farm located?  

Our farm- Replenish Farms – is located on the Jere Azara irrigation scheme , Kagarko Local government, Kaduna State Nigeria 


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

Our farm is 500 hectares leased land currently in use annually under center pivot irrigation which allows us to grow two crops annually.  

 We currently grow mostly corn seed for Monsanto and Corn grain for major food processing companies in Nigeria like the Flour mills of Nigeria. 


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

I am looking forward to a robust learning experience enabling me to get perspectives and innovative tools from different countries which I can apply back home to move us closer to achieving our National food security goals. 

A great networking experience that will enable us harness resources to ensure we move agriculture forward the world over. 

Patience Koku giving USAID and US Embassy staff a tour of her farm in Nigeria.
Onyaole Patience Koku

Onyaole Patience Koku

Patience's farm is located on the Jere Azara irrigation scheme, Kagarko Local government, in Kaduna State Nigeria. The farm is 500 hectares of leased land and produces two crops annually under center pivot irrigation. They grow mostly seed corn for Monsanto and corn grain for major food processing companies in Nigeria, like Flour Mills of Nigeria. She is the recipient of the 2019 Kleckner Award from the Global Farmer Network and 2018 Cornell Alliance For Science Farmer of the year. She also serves on the Cornell Alliance For Science advisory board. In her short time as a member of the GFN, she has already advocated on major stages, including at The 2019 GES summit, a side event of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Committee of World Food Security in Rome, Italy and at the Future of Farming Dialogue in Monheim, Germany.

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