Mr. Victor Adejoh, Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, an NGO, stated that the organization would assist women in overcoming gender bias in agriculture and advancing women’s economic empowerment.
In an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday, Adejoh revealed the news.
She emphasized that the importance of women in the food and agriculture industries around the world cannot be stressed, emphasizing the necessity for women to have equal chances in society.
“However, women still face many challenges that prevent them from fully realizing their potential in the agricultural sector.
“Women have less access to resources, assets and opportunities and often encounter systemic barriers to becoming members of farmers’ organizations and political institutions,” she said.
When gender biases and disparities in agriculture are minimized, food production and income generation will grow, according to the national director.
We are, he claims, assisting in the reduction of hunger and poverty, as well as the creation of employment prospects for women.
Adejoh cited some ongoing programs in the states of Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, and Jigawa that aim to boost women’s voices and participation in agricultural decision-making.
According to him, the activities in these states are run in collaboration with Mercy Corps Nigeria through the Feed the Future Project, which is financed by USAID.
“Synergos’ initiatives have resulted in the creation of gender analysis in agriculture, thanks to collaboration with the Niger state administration, AGRA, and UN Women.”
“This has served as the foundation for the development of a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the agriculture sector in Niger’s state.
“The GAP policy framework for women in agriculture outlines the initiatives and actual activities required to maximize the potential of as many women farmers as feasible.”
“It’s also about ensuring that women benefit more equally from job possibilities in agri-food value chains, which is another Synergos priority.”
“Synergos has supported the states of Kaduna, Kogi, Niger and Benue to develop gender-sensitive value chains to increase opportunities for women in the various value chains in livestock, fisheries and crops.
“Synergos recognizes that the rise of women is not the fall of men, and therefore we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that challenges gender stereotypes and biases,” said Adejoh.
However, he stated that Synergos would continue to play a role in breaking down gender barriers and accelerating women’s socioeconomic empowerment in order to achieve gender equality for a sustainable future in collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Synergos is a non-governmental organization that works to eliminate global poverty by building, developing, and preserving trust and collaboration between industry, government, civil society, and marginalized groups, according to the Nigerian News Agency.