The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has joined hands with two not for profit organisations to promote increased women participation in agribusiness and drive wealth creation in Nigeria.
The ministry organised a two-day dialogue session entitled: ‘Nigerian Women in Agribusiness Stakeholders’ Dialogue’ on Friday with the two groups, Technoserve and Synergos Nigeria.
Technoserve is an international organisation offering business solutions, while Synergos –Nigeria participates in States Partnerships for Agriculture.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, who was represented at the event by the Director, Extension Services Department of the Ministry, Karima Babangida said women, who constitute half of Nigeria’s population and 75 per cent of agriculture labour force, must be accorded critical roles in the sector.
“For the present administration’s goals of diversifying the economy and creating jobs through agriculture to materialise, there is need for more involvement of women in Agriculture,” Mrs. Babangida said.
“There is less than 30 per cent access to productive resources such as land, capital, inputs, technology and information for women in Agriculture and this contributes to productivity gap between female and male farmers in the country,” she said.
To achieve gender equality, she said there was a need for a National Action Plan on Gender in Agriculture.
TechnoServe Country Director, Larry Umunna, in his remark commended the ministry for supporting women and according recognition to their role in agriculture.
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