Operational Excellence Webinar: Process mapping and Lean farming in Nigeria

Date: 
May 18, 2022

This webinar is one of our monthly Operational Excellence Webinars to support and promote a continuous improvement culture. The webinar begins with a quick review of some behaviors that exist in a continuous improvement culture. Kehinde will lead a session on process mapping that will feature the value stream map. Ben Hartman from Clay Bottom Farms and Chyka Okarter from USAID Nigeria FtF Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services Activity will present their work in creating Lean farms in Nigeria.

The webinar is recorded to accommodate all time zones.

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtc-6rqzgsG9cm7D5LaFu8AO6tGyaaI1CE 

The Lean improvement philosophy and methodology began in manufacturing but can be and is applied across all industries and businesses. Ben Hartman, a farmer from Indiana USA, has applied Lean to his farming operation and has been involved with a project funded by USAID to improve farms in Nigeria through the Nigerian Extension Service.  Join us to hear Ben’s analysis of how Nigerian farmers can improve their efficiency and productivity.

This webinar is one of our monthly Operational Excellence Webinars to support and promote a continuous improvement culture. All recordings of this webinar can be watched later at: bit.ly/3FWC5uq

Agenda

Topic Speaker(s) (mins)
Introduction  Gustavo Teixeira (EiB)  5
Key behaviors in a CI culture Theresa Heitman (EiB)
Introduction to process mapping featuring the Value Stream Map Kehinde Olabode (IITA) 15
Lean Farming in Nigeria Ben Hartman and Chyka Okarter 25

Objectives

The webinar will help participants understand or be able to do the following:

  • Gain knowledge about what behaviors are important in a CI culture.
  • Help participants become familiar with the value of process mapping.
  • Expose participants to with different types of process maps. 
  • Gain an understanding of the Value Stream Map.
  • Understand how Lean analysis has helped improve farming processes in Nigeria

Resources

About Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman is the author of The Lean Farm, a 2016 winner of the Shingo Institute’s Prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. He and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living on less than one acre growing and selling specialty produce to restaurants and at a farmers’ market. Hartman was appointed to the 2017 Grist 50, a list of emerging green leaders in the United States. 

Ben Hartman specializes in applying the lean system on farms. Recent events have included presentations for Organic Growers of Ireland, Oxford Real Farming Conference (UK), GE Aviation, Lean Enterprise Institute, The Oregon Small Farm Conference, LANTRA Wales (UK), The Landworkers Alliance (UK), Sierra Harvest, ACRES USA, and the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, among many others. Presentations can range from keynotes to one- or two-hour workshops, or all-day trainings, and are always tailored to the specific audience. 

About Chyka Okarter

Chyka Okarter is an agricultural technology expert with over 20 years’ experience in extension agronomy, crop physiology, research, and M&E, and has demonstrated extensive experience in private sector agribusiness development by introducing small and medium scale farmers to viable innovative technologies and building strong networks between up-stream and down-stream value chain actors. Chyka has an impressive track record in project implementation and capacity development, increasing farmers’ productivity, income, and household food security. He is currently the Value Chain Advisor in the USAID Nigeria FtF Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services Activity.

Short description: 
This webinar is one of our monthly Operational Excellence Webinars to support and promote a continuous improvement culture. The webinar begins with a quick review of some behaviors that exist in a continuous improvement culture. Kehinde will lead a session on process mapping that will feature the value stream map. Ben Hartman from Clay Bottom Farms and Chyka Okarter from USAID Nigeria FtF Agricultural Extension & Advisory Services Activity will present their work in creating Lean farms in Nigeria. The webinar is recorded to accommodate all time zones.