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Championing Nigeria’s Women Farmers: Putting People First in Agriculture Plans

Women Farmers Push for Inclusive Budget to Tackle Postharvest Losses in Nigeria
Women Farmers Push for Inclusive Budget to Tackle Postharvest Losses in Nigeria

Women Farmers Push for Inclusive Budget to Tackle Postharvest Losses in Nigeria


Summary:

  • Women farmers push for inclusive budget to tackle postharvest losses in Nigeria
  • Emphasis on empowering smallholder women farmers through ownership expansion
  • Urgent calls for credit access, tailored insurance, and gender-sensitive budget allocation

Passionate voices filled the air in Abuja, Nigeria, as women farmers and representatives from influential organizations united to champion a cause close to their hearts: addressing postharvest losses and advocating for a more inclusive agricultural budget.

ActionAid Nigeria orchestrated this gathering, joining forces with SWOFON, ONE, and the CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition on December 15, 2023.

The core of the discussion centred around dissecting the proposed 2024 agricultural sector budget. Their objective? Uncovering paths for growth, job creation, meeting local food demands, and boosting the export of top-notch processed agricultural products.

The main suggestions were pretty crucial. They talked a lot about how important it is to put money in the right places. They really stressed helping small-scale places where they process and store stuff in local areas. They really wanted to give more power to the small women farmers’ groups by letting them own more.

They’re thinking smart, aiming to fix the problem of losing crops after harvest that’s really hitting women farmers in Nigeria.

And then, they talked about how urgent it is to get these solar dryers to the farmers’ groups to keep their produce safe. Plus, they want better roads in rural areas to move things around and trade better.

They didn’t stop there, they also wanted a specific bit of the budget just to help people get credit. They’re focusing on helping women, young people, and farmers with disabilities sort out this complicated credit thing in Nigeria.

They’re planning to spend the money on services to help these groups access the credit they need, sort out their business ideas, talk to banks, and get into markets easily.

Then they really stressed getting insurance that fits the risks the women farmers face. And they’re asking for a budget that really thinks about gender differences, especially for women farmers. They want to solve the issues specific to them by setting money aside just for that.

This is loud and clear; all they need is budgets that include everyone, clever investments, and support that fits perfectly to make sure women farmers can stand strong and Nigeria’s farming can thrive.

 

 


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