Seven years ago, as a fourth year agriculture undergraduate student during my mandatory one year on-farm service period, I was posted with my group to live for 2 weeks in a village that barely existed on the map, lacked road access (we had to pass through a sandstone surface), had no school, no potable water (not even a well), no power, but was still a major contributor of food produce to the neighbouring towns and cities.
The children in this village had to trek early every morning to the school in another village to get the little education they could, and walk the long way back in the afternoons under the glaring sun. Our assignment was simple: follow the farmers to their farm every day, help them out on their farms, learn as much as you can from them and teach them improved farming practices.
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Photo: B. Ajilore