Bamsay Farms

Bamsay Farms: Mushroom production and processing using agricultural wastes.

Ibadan, NigeriaIbadan, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Mushrooms are highly nutritive, low-calories food with good quality protein, vitamins and minerals. However, they have a low shelf life if not processed properly. We produce edible mushrooms using agricultural wastes and we add value to harvested mushrooms by dehydration, to enhance shelf life.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if every household in Nigeria and Africa have access to cheap, quality protein all year round in the form of dehydrated edible mushrooms?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Proteins are the major structural components of all cells of the body. A large proportion of Africans including children, do not receive enough calories to ensure physical health and development because they can not afford protein based diets. The major challenge facing mushroom production in Africa is post-harvest losses due to poor preservation and processing methods. Farm wastes, if not utilized properly poses a threat to the environment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

To achieve food security and environmental sustainability in Africa, we have commenced the commercial production of edible mushrooms using farm wastes. The harvested mushrooms are processed into chips using industrial dehydrators. The mushroom chips are packaged for sale to households in Nigeria at affordable prices. Our aim is to ensure every household in Nigeria have access to quality protein at cheaper prices, compared to the high cost of animal protein. To sustain the environment, we use farm wastes as sources of substrates for mushroom cultivation. Purchasing farm wastes from rural farmers have also created extra source of income to farmers.

Awards

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Residents in the rural areas of Ibadan find it difficult to consume animal protein due to the high costs. They have resorted to consuming cattle hides, a product which serves as raw materials for the leather works industry. The hides contains no nutrients. The villagers realized that mushrooms are less expensive and tasted better than the cattle hides. Currently, the mushroom chips is consumed by all age groups in Ibadan. Farm wastes have posed a serious challenge to farmers in Nigeria. The wastes occupies valuable space and pollutes the environment from the stench produced. Our utilization of these wastes have created extra income for the farmers as they are paid for the wastes in cash, or in exchange for mushroom chips.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have created an alternative solution to food scarcity in Nigeria. Our idea is currently being implemented by youths across Nigeria. Due to the cheap prices, every household in Nigeria can now afford protein based diets. Farm wastes are now considered as farm wealth in Nigeria. Our projected future impact is the total eradication of poverty in Nigeria via agriculture and agro processing in 2025. Our aim is to ensure the replication of this idea in all 36 states of Nigeria. this we will achieve by advocacy and training of the youths. Currently, less than 5% of wastes produced in Nigeria is converted to wealth. With the increasing popularity of our innovation, 50% of wastes will be converted to wealth in 2025.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

To achieve these impacts, we will increase our mushroom production by 50% within 2 years. We will also organize workshops for youths across Nigeria on modern mushroom production and processing. Through the replication by the youths, more food will be produced, more households will be fed and more jobs will be created. To achieve 50% waste reduction, we will collaborate with agricultural extension officers to train the farmers on wastes recycling via mushroom production.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Currently in the startup phase, we expand our project by applying for soft loans from the Nigeria Bank of Industry's (BOI) Cottage Agro-Processing (CAP) fund. We will also seek for angel investors to invest funds for the expansion of the project. Furthermore, we will reinvest 80% of profit generated back into the business.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Mushroom is rarely produced on a commercial scale in Nigeria. The available mushrooms are mostly imported or produced by research institutes on a micro scale. Our uniqueness is the production on a commercial scale and also our processing methods. Currently, our mushroom chips is the only product available in the mushroom market in Nigeria. The demand currently outweighs the supply.
Team

Founding Story

Bamsay Farms was established out of the strong passion of the founder for agriculture, food security, self employment and environmental protection. Agriculture remains one of the untapped sectors in Nigeria and Africa. This has resulted to the over dependence on crude oil as a source of income. We observed that mushroom is a cherished delicacy in the rural settings and the urban dwellers have little access to it. Upon commencement of our mushroom farm, we gained popularity within a short while due to the affordable price of our product. The awareness of the health benefits of mushrooms increased the demand for the product. This gave us proof of the potential success of the business.

Team

Name: David Bamidele Ayo Positions Held: Founder/CEO/Supervisor Qualification: HND, Environmental Biology Employment Type: Full Time Duties: • Supervises mushroom production and processing. • Supervises other projects on the farm • Organizes training and workshop for youths. Name: Adebisi Braimah Position Held: Assistant Supervisor Qualification: BSc, Computer Information Systems Employment Type: Full Time Duties: • Assists the supervisor in the supervision of Farm operations. • Supervises mushroom processing and distribution. Name: Wale Adediran Position Held: Industrial Trainee Qualification: OND, Science Laboratory Technology Employment Type: Contract Duties: Assists in agricultural wastes collection from farms Assists in substrate preparation. Assists in mushroom harvesting and processing. Names: David Bosede, Adelanwa Rilwan and Alonge Olugbenga Position Held: Sales Representatives. Qualification: OND Employment Type: contract Duties: Sales and distribution of products to customers. Marketing of products to supermarkets and hotels. As the project grows, an accountant will be employed to keep record of the financial transactions of the organization. We will also collaborate with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on the training of youth corps members on sustainable agriculture and self employment.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

social media

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

My discipline as an Environmental Biologist has exposed me to Practical ways of achieving waste management and environmental safety. I also have a deep knowledge of mycology. My training on Entrepreneurship and Business Management by The Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University has further prepared me.

At Bamsay Farms, we also cultivate crops like cucumber, watermelon and vitamin A bio-fortified cassava. We also process freshly harvested catfishes into packaged oven-dried form, using specially fabricated gas powered ovens.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Our business partners are supermarkets, groceries stores, restaurants Equipment dealers and Farmers.
Our advisors and mentors are Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) and Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Pan Atlantic University (PAU).