Blog Posts by FoodHub (connect the hubs internationally)

HOW ELSE TO GET OUR MOTIVE SERVED / Published January 10, 2017 by Nwankwo Chioma Henrietta

Nwankwo Chioma Henrietta

HOW ELSE TO GET OUR MOTIVE SERVED

Connecting the food hub today, we had to decide that someone can not be just a farmer. It was hilarious at first but the argument was informative. Farmer sometimes is not understood as Crop Farmer, Livestock Farmer and Aquacultural Farmer; for emphasis we will have to differentiate.
Our pitch also was debated as we all are trying to get our motive served. How to Handle some discussed problems that may oppose the development of this idea using the prototype as a benchmark was also severely discussed.

AGRICULTURE ALSO NEEDS A HUB! / Published November 20, 2016 by Nwankwo Chioma Henrietta

Nwankwo Chioma Henrietta

AGRICULTURE ALSO NEEDS A HUB!

Agriculture provides an opportunity to turn rural poverty and stagnation into development. At least in theory, the rural youth could produce the food that the urban youth consume. Agriculture should not be seen as the duty of the poor. Food dissemination is vital for agricultural development, since when produce do not get to their consumers they are worthless. This team introduces Information communication technology into Agriculture; this will supply food and agricultural raw materials to all, solve the problems of lack of agricultural produce in some areas while abundant in other areas, reduce deterioration of agricultural products, help farmers and countries to make return to their produce and simplifying exportation by conquering the problem of wastage and inaccessibility. In Nigeria,It has been observed that tons of agricultural products rotten at some point without getting to their end-users (https://www.bellanaija.com/2016/09/farm-produce-rot-in-delta-community-as-poor-access-road-makes-it-difficult-for-farmers-to-get-them-to-consumers/).The produce from agriculture drives trade from one country to another and brings income for farmers. It is such an important part of everyone’s daily life, although it may not be seen as a direct factor since the produce goes a long way before reaching the hands of everyone who benefits from it. By adapting and making use of IT (hub) to help improve agricultural progress, everyone benefits from the union of these sectors.
In a countries spanning over 10° of latitude and including several climatic zones, it is natural that the importance of each of the major food crops should vary from one part of the country to the other, one country to the other and that crops which are major staples in one ecological zone could be less important in other zones. This is reflected in the scale and content of inter-regional trade flow which shows that a substantives amount (more than 75%) of the entire value of interstate trade flow by road is in local food commodities. People need to open their minds to the endless possibilities that technological advancement can bring to agriculture. Instead of being locked away with the traditional strategies for planting, today’s society can benefit from agricultural advancements and live sustainable lives by improving the production, harvest methods, and distribution of agricultural goods

The Struggle of Small Scale Agricultural Producers / Published November 2, 2016 by Claire Haselhorst

Claire Haselhorst

The Struggle of Small Scale Agricultural Producers

The first Indiana Local Food Summit was held in Indianapolis on October 6th earlier this year. Local Food entrepreneurs in all aspects of the field met to network and learn from each other. I attended the summit to learn more about the operations and struggles of local food producers. After several workshops and discussion sessions, I came away from the conference with two conclusions. First, small scale farmers lack the resources and knowledge to develop the kinds of marketing and economic infrastructures that big agriculture has. They are struggling to make their products available to the people who want to buy them. Without outside support and development, many farmers are struggling to make their businesses economically viable. Second, the people working in locally sourced food are very intelligent, hard working, and driven. When these people communicate with each other and share ideas, they are incredible problem solvers. However, their opportunities to address challenges and curate beneficial discourse with one another is limited and difficult.

Local Food needs better market development. The establishment of Food Hubs and the efforts of the Local Food Research & Development branch of the USDA are heading in the right direction, but more can be done to improve the state of Local Food. Our project aims to connect the individual efforts of the groups working in small scale agriculture, provide networking channels between these different groups, and build stronger economic connections within local markets. We will never feed the world if we cannot get our food to the people who are going to eat it.

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