Mr Victor Adejoh, the Country Director, Synergos Nigeria, an NGO, said the organisation would assist women to overcome gender biases in the agricultural sector and to boost economic empowerment for women in Agriculture.
Adejoh made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the important role of women in the agriculture and food sectors worldwide could not be overemphasised, hence the need for equal opportunity for women in society.
“However, women still face a lot of challenges that hinder them from fully realising their potential in the agricultural sector.
“Women have less access to resources, assets and opportunities and often encounter systemic barriers in becoming members of farmers’ organisations and policy institutions,” he said.
The country director said that food production and income generation would increase when gender biases and gaps in agriculture were reduced.
According to him, we are contributing to reducing hunger and poverty and creating economic opportunities for women.
Adejoh mentioned some ongoing programmes in Borno, Adamawa, Gombe and Jigawa states that would increase women’s voices and participation in the decision-making space in the agriculture sector.
According to him, the programmes in these states are in partnership with Mercy Corps Nigeria through the USAID-funded Feed the Future Project.
“Synergos, in collaboration with the Niger State Government, AGRA and the UN Women efforts have led to the development of gender analysis in agriculture.
“This has formed the basis for the domestication of a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the agriculture sector in Niger State.
“GAP for women in agriculture policy framework aims to outline concrete programmes and actions required for maximising the potential of as many women farmers as possible.
“It is also to ensure that women can benefit more equally from job opportunities in agro-food value chains which is another area of focus for Synergos.
“Synergos has supported Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, and Benue States to develop gender-sensitive value chains to increase women’s opportunities across the various value chains in livestock, fisheries and crops.
“Synergos recognises that the rise of women is not the fall of men and so, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that challenges gender stereotypes and bias,” Adejoh said.
He, however, said that Synergos would continue to play its part in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, in breaking the bias and accelerating women’s socio-economic empowerment, to achieve gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Synergos is a Non-Governmental Organisation that works to reduce global poverty by creating, promoting, and sustaining trust, collaboration among businesses, governments, civil societies and marginalised communities.