Agbogbon is a farming community located 21 km from the Komu business district, in the Itesiwaju local government of Oyo state. This rural settlement is dominated by “Junkus” from neighboring Benin republic with some indigenous farmers (“igedes”) who also hail from Benue state, Nigeria. In this village, conventional farming systems are forbidden, and it’s a declared chemical free community. Several varieties of food crops are found in this community, especially among the female farmers who produce almost 100% of food crops they consume. The Slow Food network in Nigeria sensitized a group made of 18 people (8 women and 10 men) to the Slow Food philosophy, especially on how to stand and defend their land and food production systems. Most of the crops grown by these farmers are vegetables, including yams, cocoyam, potatoes, pepper, tomatoes, maize, ginger, watermelon, melon, rice and soy beans, partly sold at the local market.
There is usually a food festival every harvesting season, and the most successful farmer each season goes away with prizes.
Komu business District, Itesiwaju local government, Oyo state