Meadow Foods Nigeria Limited through its GrowIT project has signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with Premier Feeds, the leading animal feed brand in Nigeria, to supply
16,000 metric tonnes of maize and soya beans for the 2021/2022 farming seasons.
Speaking at the sign off event held on Wednesday at the Atiku Abubakar University hotel (AUN
Hotel) Yola, the co-founder of Meadow Foods Adaku Omidosu said “the partnership will provide
linkages to smallholder farmers so they can access to premium markets and earn decent
Omidosu noted that “one of the challenges smallholder farmers face is the numerous middle
men who further shrink their already lean profits. “What you just witnessed today is ground
breaking. Our off takers are committed to mopping off all the harvests of the farmer groups in
our network”, she added.
On his part, Dalyop Austin Pam, head of sales and marketing said “the agreement is key in the
efforts of Premier Feeds to empower smallholder farmers by off taking their harvests, thus
strengthening the food value chain”. Pam added that his “organization is happy to work with
smallholder farmers to ensure a win-win situation. While we access quality seeds for
processing, the farmers also earn decent margins and improve their livelihoods”.
Further speaking at the event, the General Manager Premier Feeds, Jean-claude Baur said he
is pleased with the agreement, noting that “when farmers are empowered, whole communities
are impacted. Living standards are raised and criminality is contained”.
Meadow Foods GrowIT project is designed on proven business models which show that
leveraging an integrated solution that digitizes soil to shelf helps smallholder farmers and
agricultural MSMEs to become more resilient to shocks and market forces.
GrowIT entrepreneurs called GEs are trained to provide much needed support to smallholder
farmer collectives that enable farmers to access credit for climate-smart inputs while linking
them to higher value output markets.