Empowering Change: Women’s Coalition, PAWED, Urges Inclusive Agricultural Policies for Nigeria’s Future

Women's Coalition, PAWED, Urges Inclusive Agricultural Policies for Nigeria's Future
Women's Coalition, PAWED, Urges Inclusive Agricultural Policies for Nigeria's Future

Women’s Coalition, Partnership for Advancing Women in Economic Development (PAWED), Urges Inclusive Agricultural Policy for Nigeria’s Future

In response to the pressing need for a comprehensive and inclusive agricultural framework, the Partnership for Advancing Women in Economic Development (PAWED) and various women’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have united to advocate for active engagement of women-led groups in the formulation, execution, and endorsement of Nigeria’s agricultural strategy.

This strategy places nutrition and climate adaptation at its core, considering them fundamental pillars of the nation’s food security.

At a press briefing held on November 7 in Abuja, Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau, the national president of the National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS) and the head of the coalition, underscored the crucial role played by their members who specialize in nutrition, agriculture, and gender.

According to her, the unique expertise of these women uniquely positions them to ensure the successful implementation of policies when provided with adequate support.

Adamu-Lau emphasized the importance of gender inclusion in agricultural policy implementation, particularly in the context of food security, highlighting the direct correlation between gender inclusivity and effective policy outcomes.

The coalition not only urged the Minister of Agriculture, Senator Abubakar Kyari, to actively involve women-led groups but also stressed the significance of transparency and inclusivity in the policymaking process. Their initiative seeks not just effectiveness but also a commitment to transparent and inclusive practices.

Adamu-Lau drew attention to the interconnectedness of climate change, nutrition, and women’s economic empowerment.

She stressed the need to address these issues collectively to enhance resilience against the adverse effects of climate change on Nigeria’s agricultural productivity.

The coalition expressed appreciation for the minister’s focus on nutrition and climate change adaptation, seeing it as a potentially transformative step that could lead to increased food security, economic growth, and poverty reduction within the country.

PAWED, in addition to advocating for the expansion of the agricultural sector, highlighted the critical importance of promoting inclusivity in policy frameworks.

They argue that an inclusive approach not only enhances accountability but also ensures transparency in the management of public programs designed to tackle issues associated with food security.

PAWED firmly believes that inclusive policies will significantly contribute to addressing the challenges faced by the nation, paving the way for a more sustainable and resilient agricultural future.

The initiative not only seeks to influence the policymaking landscape but also aligns with broader goals of fostering economic growth, gender equality, and sustainable development.

By actively involving women-led groups, the coalition aims to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by these individuals in nutrition, agriculture, and gender-related matters.

This, they argue, will lead to more nuanced and effective policies that address the multifaceted challenges in the agricultural sector.

As the agricultural landscape faces evolving challenges, the coalition’s plea for inclusive policymaking reflects a broader acknowledgment of the need for diverse perspectives and experiences to create resilient and adaptable agricultural strategies.

In essence, the call for inclusivity is not just a matter of equity but also a strategic move to ensure that policies are comprehensive, responsive, and capable of navigating the complex intersections of climate change, nutrition, and economic empowerment.

The collaborative efforts of PAWED and women’s CSOs stand as a testament to the recognition that an inclusive approach is pivotal for shaping a sustainable and thriving agricultural future for Nigeria.


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