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OXFAM seeks transparency, accountability in agric spending

Transparency, accountability, smallholders’ farmers activities and women access to land and credit facilities, were the issues discussed during a one-day media parley held Tuesday in Abuja.

Organized by OXFAM a confederation of 17 Affiliates committed to creating a just world without poverty. The parley was meant to address issues hindering smallholder farmers and women in the country from achieving sustainable development.


In her speech titled: “Rhetoric to Action,” the Campaign Manager, OXFAM Nigeria, Tomy Mercy Ademokun, said the federal government should increase the quantity and quality of agricultural spending, adding: “Government should also be transparent in agricultural spending. They should be more open about how agric finances are handled.”  Mrs Ademokun said that in order to eliminate poverty in the country, government must increase investment in demand-driven agricultural research, eliminate gender and youth gap in agriculture and strengthen small-scale farmers’ access to resources and market in the country. She lamented that agriculture was neglected by the government.

In his speech, Gawain Kripke of OXFAM America stressed that Nigeria needed more investment in agriculture, adding: “Nigeria is underperforming in making its public sector investment in agriculture.” 
OXFAM, which also seeks to encourage small holder farmers, has initiated an annual Female Food Hero Award to recognize the outstanding performance of smallholder female farmers who have contributed significantly to food production in the country.

May 08, 2014, Source: http://dailytrust.info




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