Ripples Farms is an Agribusiness Accelerator Training Lab, which trains village women and youth farmers. Ripples Farms offers farmers training in sustainable farming, business and marketing.

Working with Partners, Ripples Farm is training 2,000 women and 1,000 youths over 5 years; in Ogidi, Kogi State, Nigeria; a village with a population of 20,000, 50% of who are women, and 75% are youth under 30.

Washington University St Louis CEL team interning for Ripples Farms.

Ripples Farms’ goal is train women and youths to set up their own profitable and sustainable farm businesses; with partners including Ripples Foundation USA is growing a new group of leaders in agriculture, the next generation of leaders who have knowledge of agriculture, business but are also environmentally consciousness; leaders who combine business acumen with profitable, sustainability, eco-friendly farming.

Washington University St Louis CEL students training Ogidi youths.

Using traditional farming methods, and new eco-friendly methods, Ripples Farms gives women and youths skills they need for sustainably run profitable farming with the goal of lifting the whole community out of poverty while investing in their future.

Agroforestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits. (Ref:USDA).

Silvopasture, Alley cropping, Forest farming being some of Agroforestry farming systems, while Forest buffers and Windbreaks, are some of the practices.

Town hall meeting with Ogidi women, beneficiaries of Ripples Farms project.

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles that mimic around patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

Permaculture principles mimic nature and we can find this in all aspects of life from agriculture to building our homes in tune with nature.

While methods and practices of Permaculture may differ from country to country and continent to continent for environmental and weather differences, the basic foundations remain the same and by applying these guiding principles daily you become more in tune with and less destructive to nature

This approach guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building.

Irrigation for sustainable farming