Sustainable Development Goals - Afe Babalola University

Sustainable food choices for all on campus, including vegetarian and vegan food

ABUAD has a wide range of resources and programs that directly support healthy, sustainable and eco-friendly food choices, including vegetarian and vegan dining across the campus. This has been put in place by the University at the inception (2009) and still in place in 2020. The resources and programs are reviewed periodically to meet the present needs of students and staff.

As part of the ABUAD Green Campus Initiative, ABUAD Farm has recorded an 100 percent increase in the distribution and supply of sustainable, vegetarian and vegan food options on the ABUAD campus.

The ABUAD Farm, separated from the main campus of the institution by a fence and located to the north of the Elemi River, currently boasts of about 800 fish ponds; over 500,000 teak trees; over 500,000 gmelina trees; 500,000 moringa trees; a moringa factory producing seven products (capsule, leaf powder, body butter, hair cream, tea, seed and oil); diverse nursery for various plants; an elaborate high-breed mango plantation; piggery; snailry; guinea-fowl farm; turkey farm, quail farm, honey farm and a feed mill among others. To ensure their sustainability, a hatchery is on the farm to produce fingerlings while another complex on the farm houses the post-harvesting of the ponds. The interconnected Elemi River is the principal source of water for the ABUAD Farm. As Nigeria’s former Honorable Minister for Agriculture and current President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina noted during his visit to the University: “The most impressive part of my visit was the University farm. There is no university in Nigeria with this kind of commercial farm.”

In line with the strategic commitment and vision of the University to increase plant-based diets in all University restaurants in order to contribute to climate change mitigation and sustainable development, the expansive ABUAD Farm supplies vegan and vegetarian options such as okro, locust beans, vegetables, soya beans, almond and soya milk, maize, coconut yoghurt, beans and plantain canapes, avocado, chickpea and lentils amongst others.

Resources Related to Healthy and Vegetarian Nutrition

  • ABUAD Health and Fitness Centre: Access to Dietician and open gym for all students

Open Gym

  • ABUAD Farm: Daily supply of fresh, healthy, vegetarian and vegan food and groceries.  See ABUAD Farm Handbook

  • Vegetarian Tips and Guides: Tips to eat a healthy, balanced vegetarian diet.

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