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More female agricultural extension workers needed - Actionaid

Daily Trust - August 14, 2014

ActionAid Nigeria has called for engagement of more female agricultural extension workers to improve small-scale women farmers’ productivity, especially in rural areas.

Programme Manager of the group, Mr Victor Adejoh, made the call at the weekend during a two-day training workshop on “Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Resilience (SACR)” for members of Small Scale Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON), Kogi chapter, in Anyigba.
He said women farmers drawn from 25 farmers’ organizations were trained to imbibe good agricultural practices and key into the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the state and federal governments.
“Though more women, than men, are involved in agriculture, women have not received adequate agricultural extension services, hence, the need for engagement of more female agricultural extension workers to support and improve their productivity”, he said.

The priority of the SACR programme, according to him, included food production, environmental conservation and long-term community resilience in order to reduce food insecurity at local levels.
According to him, the programme also hoped to contribute to effective national and international climate change policies that support self-sufficiency and sustainable agricultural systems worldwide.
Speaking, Kogi ADP Managing Director Prof. Dominic Akpa, commended PIBCID and Action Aid for the training, saying the state government pays special attention to women empowerment and poverty reduction through active participation in agriculture.




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