The Nigerian government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) say they target more women participation in agriculture under IFAD’s additional financing. That was according to IFAD Country Programme Officer, Dr. Ben Odemena.
The goals of the programme include reducing rural poverty, increasing food security and accelerating sustainable economic growth. It also aims to reduce vulnerability for smallholder farmers, particularly women and young people, who engage in rice and cassava farming.
Odemena said that the joint Nigerian government/IFAD mission was targeted at ascertaining the level of women participation in agriculture.
According to him, the findings will enable the team design support for more women participation in the VCDP Additional Financing which is expected to terminate in 2021.
Odemena, who interacted with farmers, noted that CAF had facilitated businesses for farmers, engaged government on policy dialogue to solve rural farming problems and established financial linkages.