BY NONYE EKWENUGO
The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has launched a gender consortium project in Kaduna and Niger state respectively.
The AGRA Program Officer, Esther Ibrahim while speaking at the launching of the project in Kaduna said that, the aim of the project is to enhance gender inclusive in rural economy for increased productivity and food security.
The Project Lead, George Kabutha, explained that the project will increase productivity for 50,000 women smallholder farmers in the two states.
Kabutha noted 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 for a period of three years; between 2022 and 2024 is also aimed at strengthening and expanding women’s access to output markets”.
The Niger State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ibrahim Panti said that AGRA in partnership with United Nation’s Women have produced the Niger State Gender Action plan on Agriculture in the state.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Idris Usman Gbogan, the Commissioner also said that the Gender Action plan was to guide the State in mainstreaming gender in its effort to achieving sustainable agricultural development in Niger state.