To fight hunger, NGO urges Govt to empower women in Agriculture

By Samuel Luka, Bauchi

In search for ways to end hunger in Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Rahma Women Development Programme has urged governments at all levels to invest in the agricultural sector by empowering in women farmers.

Rahma, a Bauchi-based NGO in collaboration with Women Economic Coalition (WEC), urged Bauchi state government to empower women in Agriculture to reduce hunger in the society.

Hajiya Binta Adamu stated this on behalf of the coalition during an advocacy visit to the state Ministry of Agriculture recently in Bauchi.

According to her, funding programs on women’s empowerment would increase agricultural productivity.

Hajiya Binta reasoned that the support of women empowerment in agriculture was associated with higher levels of productivity change and efficiency change in the society.

She explained that women’s empowerment really improves development and shows a positive correlation between gender equality and economic growth.

Hajiya Binta appealed to the state government to ensure increased budgetary allocation and prompt release of funds for women economic empowerment programmes on Agriculture.

She urged the state government to disseminate and simplify the budget to the understanding of citizens to mobilize participation in its processes.

Mrs Pharis Obidah, State Coordinator, Partnership for Advancing Women in Economic Development (PAWED) explained that the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) project was implemented by Rahma Women Development Programme with the support of PAWED.

According to her, the WEE project will make a positive impact on the lives of women in the state.

“WEE project is being implemented in collaboration with Partnership for Advancing Women in Economic Development PAWED,” she said.

In his remark, Dr Chiroma Malle, Director Human Resources, State Ministry of Agriculture assured of the state government’s support during implementation of the WEE project in Bauchi state.

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