..Launches Gender Consortium Project In Kaduna
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has launched a gender consortium project aimed at improving the livelihoods of 50,000 women and smallholder farmers in Kaduna and Niger states respectively.
AGRA gender consortium is availing three high impact organizations grant to work together for the next three years as consortium to achieved this objectives.
Among the high impact organisations are Value Seeds Limited (Lead Grantee), Palm Valley Nigeria Limited and Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women respectively.
The project, according to the AGRA’s Program Officer, Esther Ibrahim is to enhancing resilience, and up-scaling of gender inclusive rural economy for increased productivity, livelihoods and food security.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the project in Kaduna on Wednesday, the Project Lead, George Kabutha, explained that the project is to increase productivity for 50,000 women smallholder farmers in the two 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
The project which is expected to last for period of three year; between 2022 and 2024 is also aimed at strengthens and expand women’s access to output markets.
Also speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Niger State, Ibrahim Panti, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Idris Usman Gbogan, said 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.