About 60% of Nigeria’s arable land remain fallow. Erosion (water and wind), continue to deplete this resource, while the polity ponder what action to take. The diversity of our cultures and ecosystem, provides us a rich source of revenue generation, albeit, the decadence in infrastructure and political will to support non-oil exports has left this sector in limbo.
Jatropha is known to enrich the soil, thereby curbing erosion and cutting back desertification, while it doesn’t compete with food crops for soil nutrients. It is a rich source of bio-diesel, which could transform the fortunes of communities overnight.
My 2020 idea, is to establish Jatropha plantations in communities, thereby providing jobs for thousands, thereby restoring and improving available carbon sinks in our environment. This can be a catalyst to boost infrastructure for pro-poor tourism to thrive, thereby generating income for communities from more fronts, and promoting our cultures to the world, through tourism.