. . . Empowers 50,000 Women Farmers
By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adub
The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has launched a gender consortium project in Kaduna and Niger state respectively.
The project, according to the AGRA’s Program Officer, Easther Ibrahim is to enhancing resilience and up scaling of gender inclusive rural economy for increased productivity, livelihoods and food security.
While speaking at the launching of the project in Kaduna on Wednesday, the Project Lead, George Kabutha, also explained that the project is to increase productivity for 50,000 women smallholder farmers in the said states.
Kabutha disclosed that for the actualization of the project, AGRA is already in partnership with the Niger State Agricultural and Mechanization Development Authority ( NAMDA ) and Kaduna Agricultural Development Agency ( KADA ).
The project which is expected to last a period of three year; between 2022 and 2024 is also aimed at strengthen and expand women’s access to output markets.
Speaking onbehalf of the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Niger State, Ibrahim Panti, the Permanent Secretary, Idris Usman Gbogan, disclosed that AGRA in partnership with United Nation’s Women have produced the Niger State Gender Action plan on Agriculture in the state.
According to him, the Gender Action plan was to guide the State in mainstreaming gender in its effort to achieving sustainable agricultural development in Niger state.