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The Fantsuam Project:An Update

February 10, 2017 2:49 PM | Willard J (Jim) Clark Jr (Administrator)

FON Supports Fantsuam’s Household Food Security

by John Dada, Fantsuam Foundation Director

     In 2015, Friends of Nigeria provided $2,795 to the Fantsuam Foundation to be invested in grain storage silos. These silos were purchased and are now being put to good use to store the 2016 harvest.

     One of the Fantsuam Foundation responses to the peace building efforts for our communities is the use of the grains bank at Fantsuam to support vulnerable families, especially families that are hosting internally displaced persons and whose household food security situation has become precarious.

     The harvest for 2016 was not impressive due to the pervailing political tensions which affected both the planting and harvesting activities. The total harvest in 2016 was as follows:

          Maize = 100kg bags x 10 = NGN250,000

          Rice = 100kg bags x 12 = NGN300,000

          Soyabeans = 100kg bags x 4 = NGN100,000

          Blackeye beans = 100kg bags x 5 = NGN200,000

          Brown beans = 25Kg x 1 = NGN3,000

     The total amount invested was N846,000 (US$3,000), and the  total amount of produce realised was NGN853,000 or US$3,024.

   As the peace efforts take hold this year, we are hopeful for a more productive farming season.


Fantsuam’s tractor prepares the farm for planting


Members of the Women’s cooperative planting on the Fantsuam maize farm


Paddy rice planting, Ungwa Mangoro, 2016


Women taking the harvest of maize home

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Women processing the beans and the rice

pastedGraphic_6.pngGrains being bagged and transported to Fantsuam grains bank

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