OFDi is a community-based farmers’ development-oriented Non-Governmental, Non-sectarian, Not-for-profit and Non-Political Organization established in response to the need to assist rural communities to approach development from a wider perspectives and focuses on a synergy in core areas of agriculture and rural advisory services; water, sanitation and environmental health; policy, advocacy and capacity building; youth and women empowerment; monitoring and evaluation.
Targeting rural dwellers particularly farmers for development became apparent arising from the 28th Regional Conference for Africa in Tunis recently when the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nation (FAO) called African Ministers of Agriculture for action in priority areas to accelerate increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers including rural youth and women.
Indeed, majority of rural dwellers whose major occupation is subsistence farming play key role in nation building and food security, but, still the most food and water insecure with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition. They also face numerous challenges including difficulties in accessing cultivable lands; improved seeds and seedlings; accessing other input and financial services; agricultural extension and technology transfer; lack the experience and knowledge of market information; lack business management and entrepreneurial skills; lack education on safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and lack information about weather and climate change.
OFDi is therefore a platform to interact and share experiences, challenges and solutions with rural dwellers, farmers, farmers’ organizations and partner with stakeholders in the private and public sectors as well as development institutions for a range of opportunities in agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene services that would ‘help rural dwellers to help themselves’.
Welcome on board.
Prof. Abayomi Oloruntoba
Executive Secretary & Founder OFDi
OFDi has a central role to play in partnerships and collaborations with a view to make it more responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of farmers, farmers’ organizations and stakeholders in the public institutions, private sectors, NGOs, universities, research institutes, foundations, other centres of excellence and development implementers in the delivery of programs and projects.
Therefore, as a strategy, OFDi builds on multi-stakeholder partnership and collaboration to strengthen its structural base for sustainable agricultural development, ensures food and nutrition security, improve governance at the grassroots, promote the development of skills and knowledge to adopt new and improved agro-technologies, promote healthy living, enhance market access, trade, general well-being and living standards.