Although I have spent several decades engaged as a manager and executive on expansion projects for Fortune 500 companies and startups, both in the USA and across the world, I also spent many years in between those assignments here in my ancient maternal community, researching, participating, and investing in our indigenous food systems, before committing myself, and my time, to a longer term agricultural venture.
I believe there are some great opportunities to improve the food supply chain in the forests and savanna's of West & Central Africa, so as to better serve our own ancient traditional markets and local SME's, in a region of the planet where food security is priority #1. That's how we are building our business, we are growing , sourcing, storing and distributing goods to regional markets and local SME's, using innovative, terrain appropriate ideas, while ensuring higher standards of food and water hygiene.
FEMI ABODUNDE, Founder & CEO
Prior to Abodunde Farms, Mr. Abodunde's background was in developing road maps with a focus on local to global expansion activities, while leading multi-site & cross functional leadership teams during high growth, transformative and ambiguous periods. He started his career at Best Buy Inc, and worked his way up to become the leader of one of their largest markets in the United States, headquarterd in Philadelpha. He has also worked internationally as Head of Country/Region, and/or C- Level executive at Alara Lagos (Nigeria), Mara Group (UAE), Jumia (France), and Iflix (Malaysia) amongst others.
Ancient supply chain & farming systems are designed out of our need to adapt to the ever changing environment. West Africa has always faced weather and disease related environmental conditions which can be unfavorable for production. We believe water, land and food management have to be done in ways that allow for fast adaptations to our ever changing environment, so we are constantly implementing novel solutions.
Our system at Abodunde Farms is implemented by indigenous family members who are highly skilled in ancient agriculture and logistics techniques that suit the variety of conditions we face throughout any given year. Many of these skills are intuitive and have been passed down for dozens of generations. We are not passive victims of our environment, we are innovative and adapt in real-time on this terrain. We make chameleon-like impressions on nature.
IDOWU KOLADE, Farm Manager
Idowu is an indigenously trained horticulturist whose primary responsibility is to organize our family and community labor for sourcing, growing, harvesting, and storage. He also oversees batch and flow production processes, packaging, quality control, and the management of other farm input relating to pomology and olericulture.
ALABA KURE, Engineer
Alaba holds a degree in electrical engineering from Ambrose Alli University University here in Edo State. He is responsible for the application of equipment and devices, as well as design of electrical systems which we are using to grow our agriculture processing, as well as water and baking operations.
OBA R.O. ALUFA, His Royal Highness, The Elekor of Ekor
Akoko Edo is one of the first, and largest unadulterated local government areas (county) in Nigeria. Our community, Akoko- North, is made up four villages and towns, namely, Ibillo, Ekor, Ekpesi, and Ikiran-Ile. This is because of the uniformity in our customs and traditions. Our community leadership is selected rotationally from four ruling ancient families. Oba R.O Alufa is the current leader of the community.
We are a farming community in which all the lands are owned by the community and various families, including ours. Oba R.O Alufa serves as a proponent of community development, as well as an arbiter of land disputes. While we do not sell land to outsiders and foreigners, we do have land rental schemes for agricultural and natural resource development, which Oba R.O Alufa is directly responsible for administering on behalf of our community.