Urine recovery for fertilizer production in Nigeria
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Until now, Nigerian farmers have relied on inorganic fertilizers for boosting crop yield, which in most cases are scarcely available, expensive, unsustainable and poses danger to the environment, water resources and human health. In addition, according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report 2015, 34 million Nigerians still lack access to improved sanitation facilities. This leaves people with the option of open defecation and urination that contaminates ground and surface water resources and results in increase in incidences of water born diseases. Nigeria can tap into the already established link between sanitation, water and agriculture through the concept of ecological sanitation (ecosan) to address its water and sanitation challenges while also boosting agricultural productivity. Local farmers will benefit from the fertilizer product for improvement in crop yield in the long run and Nigeria's agricultural sector will be boosted. The project will also increase access to more environmental friendly and sustainable sanitation by poor communities in Nigeria. By given economic value to urine, income will be generated in the long run. To measure success, sample of the fertilizer produced will be applied on soya beans farm for two consecutive planting season. Soya beans growth will be monitored and yield evaluated at the end of each harvesting season. We will also test product with some local farmers to determine acceptance level.
Sustainability and future plans
Our major customer segments are the local farmers, agro business people, agricultural institutes and government. We anticipate that over a period of four years, acceptance level would have increased and farmers would have started appreciating the use of urine fertilizer as an alternative to inorganic fertilizer. Therefore, our future plan would be to develop a model for scaling up fertilizer production from urine by advocating for the construction of more ecosan facilities in public places like markets, motor parks, schools and hospitals where it would be easier to source for raw materials. We would also do awareness creation to enhance acceptance and sensitization of the public on ecological sanitation. We are hoping to win this competition to secure an initial funds for this experimentation stage. Thereafter, we would design a business model for income generation from the urine fertilizer. We would construct a storage and laboratory facility. We hope to partner with the government, Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, bank of industry, other funding agencies etc to secure funding for take off of production.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Glory Amarachi Brendan-Otuojor, a Nigerian and born on the 4th of November, 1982. I hold a Master of Science in Environmental Science with specialisation in Environmental Planning and Management from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Regional Planning from University of Uyo, Nigeria. I am also a participant of the CEWAS Start-up Programme for Water, Sanitation and Natural Resource Entrepreneurs 2015/2016 session by the International Centre for Water Management Services, Switzerland. In 2013, I was awarded the Netherlands Fellowship Programme to study for my masters degree in the Netherlands. By 2014, I participated in the NUFFIC idea competition for African Students in the Netherlands, I came 2nd among 8 finalist selected to pitch their ideas at the Africa Works Conference in the Netherlands in October, 2014 with an innovative concept to make water supply accessible to semi-urban areas in Nigeria. I am result oriented with expertise in Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment, Plan implementation, Policy design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Research and data analysis. I have 8 years non-profit and private sector experiences and proven record of managing programmes, carrying out policy advocacy, building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, initiating new projects, writing project proposal, and conducting researches. I am a sustainable development advocate with interest in water, sanitation, climate change mitigation, innovation development, youth development and gender equity. I am a creative thinker, idea initiator and team player with strong ability to work independently and accomplish tasks within specified time. I am a lover of dynamism, diversity, capacity development and entrepreneurship.