UNB student’s tech company combats crop waste in Nigeria
Damilare Odumosu, CEO and founder of All Farmers Online, is studying at the University of New Brunswick for a master’s degree in technology management and entrepreneurship. (Angela Bosse/CBC)When Damilare Odumosu thought of food waste in his home country of Nigeria, he asked what he could do to make things better.
The 25-year-old son of a computer programmer decided to use technology to solve the problem.
After lots of failed ideas and talking to farmers on the ground in Nigeria, the University of New Brunswick master’s student created All Farmers Online, a company that uses geotagging and an online store to share information on food availability and bridge the gap between farmers and buyers.
“When we ask the right questions, we are developing the right solutions,” Odumosu said.
Odumosu believes in using technology to solve problems. Growing up, he sold software on the streets of Lagos and always had a love for computers.
He came to Fredericton on his first international flight last September to do a master’s degree in technology management and entrepreneurship at UNB. He hasn’t returned to Nigeria since.
“I was in search of a dream, I was in search of impact,” he said.
The problem and the solution
In many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, farmers often can’t sell all of the produce they grow before it spoils. Buyers lack information on where and when food is available, and farmers’ access to markets is limited.
North America has large commercial farms, but Odumosu said 90 per cent of agricultural production in Sub-Saharan Africa is by smallholder farms.
Waste happens when farmers grow a lot but people aren’t ready to buy or don’t know where to go to buy. Farmers transport the produce back and forth, never able to sell large amounts at a time.
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