Rural Watch Africa Initiative

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We’re a team of passionate people who want to make a difference in the world. We’re using our skills and talents to make a positive impact on our communities


With over 200 million people, Nigeria is one of the most populous countries in Africa. 70% of the population relies heavily on agriculture for their livelihoods. With such a large percentage of the population depending on agriculture for their income, it is no wonder that many people are asking why we do what we do.

The answer is simple...

We believe that agriculture is the key to economic development. By promoting sustainable agricultural practices, we can help empower smallholder rural farmers to curb land damage, create jobs and spur economic growth. In addition, by increasing land productivity for food security, we can help to improve the overall health of our communities.

We believe that combining regenerative farming and alternative income-earning skills can protect our environment and reduce the rising unemployment among Nigerian youths. Together, we could secure a better, brighter planet.

Uche Isieke
Executive Director



Uche has over five years’ experience in sustainable rural community development, particularly interested in building resilient rural areas through sustainable agriculture and job skills for unemployment and a protected environment. Uche presently works as the Founder/ Executive Director at Rural Watch Africa Initiative-RUWAI, a non-governmental organization helping rural communities across Nigeria to create livelihoods and prevent further land damage. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management and has several local and international professional certifications.

He is a member of the various national working groups in Nigeria, pushing to achieve a healthy land, food, and jobs. Among these working groups are the Land Degradation Neutrality Program, the African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and the Sand and Dust Storms Pilot Project in Nigeria. He has worked and volunteered for many development organizations, including the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, as an Assistant National Consultant and consultant to the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria.

Uche’s vision is to help empower vulnerable rural households with practical knowledge to overcome poverty and restore their dignity.



Tobias Ukeh
Program Coordinator - Sustainable Beekeeping (Volunteer)

Tobias Ukeh is an internationally certified trainer and educator with over 20 years of experience in apiculture and community empowerment. He took relevant professional courses, both locally and internationally, in sustainable bio-beekeeping, as a veritable tool to achieve stable and secured land, food, economy, and environment.

Tobias Ukeh has been leading the Rural Watch Africa Initiative sustainable bio-beekeeping project, with the responsibility for educating and training many of those living in vulnerable rural and underserved communities.

Tammy Abia Humanitarian Project Officer (Volunteer)

Tammy Abia is a public administrator and a girl child and teen educator by profession. She has over twenty years of experience working in difficult environments, ensuring peace and love for the affected.

She demonstrated her professionalism in handling conflicts that erupted between oil host communities and international exploration companies in favor of the environment, people, and livelihoods.


Ihezuo Emmanuel Program Officer (Volunteer)

Ihezuo Emmanuel Chima is a graduate of Agriculture Economics and Extension from Abia State University, Umuahia Campus, Abia State. He is passionate about sustainable development and communication and ran a Crop and Animal farm, educating youth and women in Agriculture.

His dream is to become a university lecturer and one of the top development practitioners.


Chukwudi Obinna Intern (Volunteer)

Chukwudi is a young environment enthusiast. He joined the RUWAI Climate Action Club during high school. John has since been actively involved in the Legacy fruit trees for schools campaign.

He is presently on an internship while rendering essential services to the organization.



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