The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), in collaboration with Cara Development Foundation and African Youth Development Foundation, will host over 120 rural women farmers in the Niger Delta.
The town hall meeting scheduled to hold on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 is to mark this 2018 International Women’s Day.
The town hall outreach will hold in Mezie Umukabia Ogodo Community in Ngor Okpala Local Government Council, Imo State where the Aladinmma Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society made up of over 200 women cassava farmers supported by PIND and its partners operate as well as Multi-Purpose Cooperative farmers’ Association from Mezie Umukabia Ogodo and Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers Association in Oguta.
Themed ‘’Time is Now: Transforming Lives of Rural Women in Small Businesses and Agriculture’, the outreach aims to showcase the contributions of these women farmers to the rural economy and draw attention to the constraints limiting them from maximizing the immense opportunities in their respective agricultural value chains.
The outreach will also have the media, government representatives, legislators and agricultural service providers in attendance to engage with the women.
During the outreach, the rural women farmers will interact with the media, government, elected representatives and service providers to tell their stories and speak about their needs and concerns. The forum will provide a platform for the stakeholders present to appreciate the contributions of the women farmers and to collectively deliberate on how to improve support to the women.
Rural women account for 70 percent of agricultural labor, and 80 percent of food production in Nigeria. About 40 percent of women in the Niger Delta are in agriculture. Through this outreach awareness, PIND wants to shine the spotlight on these women and attract key stakeholders to take actions that will help to boost productivity and profits for them and grow their farming and small businesses.