Project LET (Leather work and tomato puree) Usman Danfodio University Sokoto

Each year the world produces about 670kg of edible food for every person on the planet, but we only get to eat about half of that. What happens to rest, Is the question that lays on the mind of everyone…

According to the report of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FOA) in 2011, roughly one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amount to about 1.3 billion tons per year. This inevitably also means that huge amount of the resources used in food production are used in vain, and that the green gas emissions caused by production of food that gets lost or wasted are also emissions in vain.

In Nigeria, tomato is another crop that has been widely cultivated as She is ranked 16th in the global tomato production scale and accounts for 10.8% of Africa’s and 1.2 percent of total world production of tomatoes. Tomatoes grows very well in the northern states of the country especially Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto and Taraba states.

However, the production is beset with many problems, such as disease, nematodes, insect pest, and high flower drop. Despite all these, farmers in the north are blessed with high yield in their produce but yet find it difficult to maintain their lead in the agricultural market as these produce are easily perishable.

Here in the city of Sokoto, the people of Dundaye and Gumbi local government are mostly large scale local farmers and herdsmen. They sell their tomato in large quantity but are faced with the problem of storage as their farm produce don’t last three month before they are spoilt and rot away. Thereby increasing the price of tomatoes in the market and limiting people below the average standard of living who cannot afford to buy fresh tomatoes because of the new price to dwell basely on imported tomato sachet paste which they use in cooking their daily meal. It doesn’t stop there, as herdsmen who also slaughter their cattles and sell their meats for income don’t know what to do with the remaining hide and skin gotten from these cattles which could not be sold at the market as. Therefore they sell these remaining skins to business visitors who come into their community in exchange for the leather bags and shoes they sell, whereas they would have made it themselves and profited more but lack the skill to do so.

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