BATN Foundation unveils 20 years of impact, empowering Nigerians in rural communities

By Edu Abade

In the past two decades, the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATN Foundation) has been dedicated to empowering rural Nigeria through investments amounting to ₦4 billion in community development projects in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).

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Chairperson of BATNF, Adebisi Lamikanra, who spoke alongside board members, Yarub Al Bahrani, Odiri Erewa-Meggison and General Manager of the Foundation, Oludare Odusanya at a media briefing in Lagos, said the Foundation has made tangible impacts in the lives of rural smallholder farmers, women and youth, as well as promoting economic growth and improving livelihoods.

She explained that one of the most notable achievements of BATN Foundation is the empowerment of over 300,000 smallholder farmers across the country, adding that through capacity-building programmes and inputs support, the farmers have gained the knowledge and resources necessary to grow their farms and improve their livelihoods.

Speaking on Highlights of BATNF’s Investment and Social Impact, Al Barhani said: “BATN Foundation’s focus on good agronomic practices has not only enhanced the quality of their produce, but also increased their yields, leading to greater economic stability. While its reach extends across all 36 states of the federation and the FCT with over 300 community projects implemented to date.

“These projects span various programme themes and value chains, demonstrating the Foundation’s versatility and commitment to addressing diverse community needs. The impact of these projects is evident in the number of beneficiaries reached – over 1.7 million people have been supported through various interventions and projects.

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“Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is a fundamental human need and BATN Foundation has made significant strides in this area. The installation of 105 solar-powered borehole facilities, each with a 20,000-liter capacity, has provided clean water for countless communities. This initiative has not only improved health and well-being but also reduced the burden of water-borne diseases,” he stated.

The Foundation further pointed out that collaboration has been a cornerstone of its success, with partnerships and collaborations established with over 100 key stakeholders, including NGOs, government agencies, private sector organizations and other industry stakeholders.

These partnerships have enabled the Foundation to leverage resources, expertise and networks, amplifying its impact and reach.

Addressing journalists, Lamikanra, said: “As we celebrate two decades of transformative impact, our focus on agriculture, the backbone of Nigeria’s economy, has been exploited by supporting smallholder farmers and equipping them with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

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“Let us continue to nurture the seeds of change we’ve sown, and our unwavering commitment to empowering rural Nigeria be the catalyst for a brighter future for generations to come.”

BATN Foundation’s commitment to excellence is reflected in its governance certification, having been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management Certificate. It has been recertified three times, which demonstrates its compliance with international standards of operation, ensuring accountability, transparency and effective management of resources.

General Manager of BATN Foundation, Oludare Odusanya, who reflected on the organization’s 20-year journey, said: “Over the past two decades, we have been privileged to partner with rural communities in Nigeria, witnessing first-hand the power of knowledge acquisition and economic empowerment. This journey has been incredibly fulfilling, and we take great pride in the positive impact we’ve made thus far.

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“As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our vision of becoming a leading catalyst for sustainable agriculture in Nigeria. We are confident that by empowering smallholder farmers, achieving food security, and driving economic growth, we will continue to sow the seeds of change that will benefit generations to come.”

In a post-briefing statement, he said: “BATN Foundation’s twenty-year journey has been marked by significant achievements, impactful projects and a commitment to empowering rural Nigeria. As it looks to the future, the Foundation remains dedicated to its mission and poised to continue making a positive difference in the lives of millions.”

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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