How vertical farming would solve food shortages for Lagosians
How vertical farming would solve food shortages for Lagosians

July 23rd 2050

Agriculture wears a new look from what we've always known, as the Lagos state governor commissions another vertical farm. Three decades prior, farmers were synonymous with worn-out clothes and hoes thrown over strained shoulders. Now, you can hardly distinguish between the white lab coats of farmers and that of doctors.

Some takeaways:

  • The food supply in Lagos is currently insufficient to meet the needs of residents in the state. The state requires land at least 17 times its size to feed its population. The state government understands the supply gap, and in a bid to make the state more food secure, has initiated some projects to increase food security from 19% to 40%. 

  • However, these projects are still insufficient in meeting the demand of the state. Therefore, the state might have to look to newer technology innovations such as vertical farming.

  • Despite the high capital outlay for vertical farms, all year round production and proximity to markets hold significant promise for this form of farming.

The farmers these days do more scientific research than farming. Farming has gone beyond just putting seeds in the ground and waiting for them to germinate.

This vertical farm is the fifth of its kind in Lagos. The technology is in line with the megacity initiative the government has been evangelising.

Ever since the government introduced its EkoGrow initiative, which welcomed venture capitalists to invest in agritech companies, many vertical farms have sprung up in the state. Since Lagos is producing its food, reliance on other states for different vegetables from ewedu to tomatoes has reduced drastically.

But apart from the government and

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Gbemisola Alonge

Gbemisola Alonge

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