The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development – FMARD has launched the National Gender Action in Agriculture in Abuja.
The Action Plan is based on targets and commitments contained in FMARD’s policies: The Agricultural Promotion Policy (Green Alternative); the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise – LIFE and the Food Security and Nutrition Strategy.
Generally, the focus of the Gender Action plan is to clarify the entry points and action required for maximizing the transformative contributions of as many women farmers as possible by focusing FMARD’s pragmatic work on improving gender equity and reducing the constraints to access and opportunities within the sector.
The National Gender Action Plan – NGAP in Agriculture is structured around three pillars derived from the Green Alternative namely: Food security, Value Chain Upgrade and Sector Governance.
Unveiling the plan in Abuja today, Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, represented by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry – Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu said the plan which would facilitate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2 and help improve the fortunes of women in the agricultural sector.
The minister noted that women farmers make up more than 65 per cent of farmers feeding the nation but have access to only about 20 per cent of the productive resources and finances in agriculture, identifying some challenges faced by women in agriculture to include lack of farm inputs, farm machinery, inadequate access to land, insecurity, among others.