Our Activites

Impact to beneficiaries

Improving the Adaptive Capacity of Female SSF

Improving the Adaptive Capacity of Female SSFs through Access to Flexible Financial Services in Benue and Plateau States in North Central Nigeria.

December 2014 – to date (5Years) funded by Oxfam Nigeria.

Budget: N65,000,000.00

Effective Implementation

Ensuring Effective Implementation of Programmes, Policies and Legislations that Contribute Towards Achieving Gender Equality in Nigeria by 2030.

June 2018 – to date (9months) Sub-grant from Women Environmental Program (WEP), financed by Kingdom of Netherlands.

Budget: N600,000.00

Our Activities

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Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture Advocacy

Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture Advocacy for inclusive policies in Benue, Nasawara and Plateau States. (April 2016-June 2017. – Funded by Trust Africa)

Promoting food and climate Justice in Nigeria

Promoting food and climate Justice in Nigeria: Empowering Small Scale Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change and Facilitating Appropriate National Policies and Programmes Response.

(April 2017 to December 2017 – Sub-grant by HEDA Resource Centre)

Supporting Displaced Communities Towards Self Reliance

Supporting Displaced Communities Towards Self Reliance

(January 2017 to December 2017 – Sub-grant by BENGONET/UNHCR)

Promoting food and climate Justice in Nigeria

Promoting food and climate Justice in Nigeria: Empowering Small Scale Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change and Facilitating Appropriate National Policies and Programmes Response.

(November 2015 to March 2016 – Sub-grant by HEDA Resource Centre)

Completed Projects

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ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED/OUTCOMES

  • Formation of 450 Village Savings and loans (VS&L) groups of 11,250 members and 27 functional.
  • Increased capacity of women VS&L group leaders to advocate for Agricultural credit from duty bearers.
  • Women leaders empowered and engaging government on agricultural credit issues
  • Increased number of women VS&L group accessing agricultural loans from MFIs, government agencies and other organizations involved in supporting women Small Scale Farmers
  • Capacity Needs Assessment of Women Farmer Leaders across Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States in North Central Nigeria.
  • Sensitization on Women Leadership in Agriculture Governance in North Central Nigeria For Media Executives
  • Roundtable Meeting to Identify Advocacy Issues for Women in Agriculture.
  • Capacity Building for Women Farmer Leaders on Leadership, Communication and Media Engagement on Market Access.
  • Advocacy Memos to Government Officials.
  • Advocacy visit to parliament and Ministry of agriculture.
  • Round table meeting with Government officials.
  • Consultative Forum with Agro-input suppliers.
  • Support to Journalist to Research and Publish Stories on the challenges of small scale women Farmers.
  • Organization of stakeholders meeting on linkages of agricultural communities and agro-industries to boost food production in Benue state.
  • Stakeholders’ engagement forum on gender mainstreaming in policy-making on Agriculture in Benue State

Impact to beneficiaries

    • Successfully built resilience capacity of communities Guma LGAs through sensitization, training, cash vouchering for petty business/farming, and establishment of livelihood support centres (2 Rice Mills) to support 1,400 IDPs and 1,400 individuals from the host community.
    • More than 200 women groups have been empowered to assert, demand and achieve increase participation and representation in Agricultural Governance.
    • More than 200 women able to lead and mentor others.
    • More than 300 women educated on their rights and improvement in their leadership skills.
    • At least 30 women leaders had their first experience at a national Agricultural show.

 

  • Mrs Dorcas Awa and other women beneficiaries have gained international training, hectares of land and recognition in her communities.

 

  • Vegetable farmers in Agboughul Community in Makurdi have better negotiating power in their local markets as a result of their cooperative union.
  • Improved saving culture.
  • Application of innovations to improve production.
  • Improved farm records keeping and account.
  • Improved investment and business opportunities recognized by the farmers.
  • Livelihood status of the beneficiaries improved. Number of beneficiaries 1477
  • Improved access to loan from financial institutions
  • Increase capacity to generate funds through Business Development Associations (BDAs)
  • More women are involved in community leadership and politics
  • More women are involved in decision making
  • More women are willing to publicly insist on their rights
  • Most communities in Benue have relaxed their gender insensitive laws on land ownership. Number of beneficiaries over 1868
  • More people are now aware of the main challenges of Agricultural development/business of the state
  • More people have started investing small and medium scale agro-processing industries
  • Agricultural policy and restructure have been a dominant discussion in every state stakeholders forum
  • Participants unanimously agreed that Agribusiness will work only if there is a state Agricultural policy and implementation that will permit and promote agricultural market investment in the state. Participants drafted an agricultural policy document to reflect the emergence issues.
  • The state ministry of Agriculture has been proactive in ensuring that the state agricultural policy document becomes a reality; number of beneficiaries 98
  • 19 of the past awardees of female food heroes award have been interview,
  • They have shown true leadership and role model with their communities 25
  • available finance to farmers through cooperatives
  • Improved saving culture and business awareness of small scale farmer; beneficiaries 5000