Using Technology to Address Food Excess in Nigeria and Around the World

Cocoa farming in Nigeria.

Cocoa farming in Nigeria.

Help leverage the power of technology to support Chilblenders Green, a woman-led social enterprise in Nigeria, that is eliminating food wastage and promoting health and well-being 

Project description

In Nigeria, and other developing countries, farmers struggle to preserve their produce due to lack of storage and transportation. These problems result in the loss of up to 50% of produce, causing both widespread food wastage and degradation of the environment. At the same time, hunger remains a critical problem for many Nigerians who could benefit from available produce, especially nutrient-rich super foods that are grown throughout the country. To address this problem, Chiblenders Green has developed innovative technologies to support the needs of farmers and grocery stores while building capacity for healthy food and wellness.

Chiblenders Green is a trademark of the Young Talent Discovery Project (YTDP), the sister organization focused on the discovery of young talent in the areas of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Entrepreneur studies. YTDP collaborated with United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO Nigeria) in 2009 to organize a National Youth Contest and Conference titled: Science and Technology Key to National Development. YTDP has collaborated with several government agencies and represented Nigeria in European Union Contests for Young Scientists in Copenhagen in 2008.

Chiblenders Green Founder and CEO, Jennifer Chinyelu Ikeaba-Obiasor, started this social enterprise to help others live a healthier life by using plant based products to manage their health issues instead of drugs, while also generating funds for Young Talent Discovery Project activities. Chiblenders is currently developing an app that will allow farmers to upload their location and harvest details, allowing for markets to arrange for the direct purchase of produce corresponding with inventory needs and patterns. For farmers without access to internet, they are working towards introducing phone call and SMS services. Through supporting both farmers and grocery stores, Chiblenders Green aims for zero percent waste in fruits and vegetables along with supporting the manufacture of plant-based powders for longer shelf life.

The leadership of Chiblender Greens invites UB students to contribute to this important social enterprise initiative, which is still in its early stages. Projects that communicate the benefits of these approaches and associated resources and products will help build capacity for future growth.

Project outcome

Individual projects will be developed through consultation with Jennifer Ikeaba-Obiasor to align with ongoing initiatives and student interests. In addition to customized outcomes, students will gain experience related to:

  • global social enterprise
  • collaboration
  • digital media
  • communication

Projects may include social media campaigns, marketing materials, videos or other storytelling ideas that will ensure communitiy adoption of these resources. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Flexible
Start time Flexible
Level of collaboration Individual and group projects are available
Benefits Varied
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Specific preparation activities will be identified through consultation with partners. 
  • Reach out to the project mentor, Mara Huber, using the contact information above.