Nigeria: ChiBlenders Green

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

We are currently seeking students with the following backgrounds and interest:

  • business
  • marketing
  • journalism
  • communication
  • project design and development
  • food and health nutrition

 

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

Core partners

  • Chiblenders Green

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Have a question about this project? Mara Huber hosts drop-in office hours on Zoom every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

Global NGO Project

This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

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Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  1. Examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the history of the framework. Then select one SDG to focus on as you work through your project.
  2. Download and complete this PowerPoint template.