Sustainable agriculture

With the level of Nigeria’s food imports growing at an unsustainable rate, small-scale farming and cottage food processing will play an important role in providing sustainable employment and improving the finances and food supply of rural communities.

Our agricultural development goal has therefore been to improve the skills of smallholding farmers, helping them to build agricultural businesses and assisting them with access to markets for their produce.

Who we support

We support rural farmers to make the transition from subsistence farming to sustainable commercial agriculture. We work with:

  • Agricultural cooperatives
  • Agro-enterprise associations
  • Community-based farmers

How we support them

With our help the farmers have opportunities to earn their livelihood through agricultural practices that are more productive, efficient, environmentally-friendly, and thus more sustainable in the long term.  What we do:

  • Support the establishment of model agricultural enterprises
  • Provide seed funding for agricultural inputs and farming-related expenses
  • Build capacity through training and mentoring
  • Introduce new agricultural techniques and technologies
  • Assist with market access and information

Where our model farms are located:

Model farms by geopolitical zone     
South West  8
South East  2
North Central  5
Total Number  15 
Water projects that support farming  
South West 1
North Central 2
Total Number 3


Prior to our current strategy to promote agro-enterprise, the BATNF had been involved in setting up rice plantations, fisheries and providing the infrastructure for cottage industries, processing cassava, maize and palm kernels. We have also provided training and agricultural inputs to a wide number of farmers across the country.


"Our relationship with the BATNF began in 2005. By 2006 BATNF had built and commissioned a cassava-processing cottage industry in Amaokwe-Item. Initially, because of the amount of work and time involved in processing cassava, our women would only harvest a bag of cassava for home use. Now they can harvest as much cassava as possible and process it for home use and commercial purposes within a short time. That has really empowered Amaokwe-Item women economically."
Dr R.E. Ogali, National President, Amaokwe-Item Women’s Society, Abia state