The Small scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria(SWOFON) said there is need for massive investments to track post harvest losses and put an end to farmers herders clashes in the country.
The National President Mrs Mary Afan made the disclosure while briefing Journalist at SWOFON farmers forum organized by ActionAid Nigeria in Abuja.
According to her, there is need for government at the state and national level to beef up security, stating that some female farmers are exposed to various forms of insecurity while on the farm.
“Taking preventive measures would savage the nation from the current imminent food crisis bedeviling the country.
Humanitarian and food voucher interventions should also be carried out across Nigeria”.
“The Cadre Harmonise (CH) Report of March 2021, said about 12.8 million people in Northern states are currently faced with food and nutrition insecurity due to climate change, insecurity and farmers-herders crisis as well as COVID-19 pandemic.”
In the same vein, she urged state governments to create budget lines to fund the implementation of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture.
” We need female extension agents to be recruited by the state ministries of agriculture to fill the large gender gap in extension services. Gender units at federal and states in collaboration with relevant agencies should train smallholder women farmers on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.”
“Governments should ensure gender equity through periodic impact analysis of all agricultural policies, programmes, projects and activities on smallholder women farmers”.
Aisha Adamu the “publisher of what you fund” said there is need for transparency and funding in the agriculture sector.
According to her, some of the targeted women for empowerment schemes in agriculture projects are not benefitting from the program.” We need to make deliberate efforts to empower women in the agriculture sector. There is need for better coordination of different projects in the agriculture sector. We need to create a relevant environment for smallholder female farmers to operate effectively”.