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Women in Agriculture

According to Action Aid Nigeria, 77% of Nigerian women don’t have access to government loans like those offered by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other financial institutions.

It claimed that only 23% of women had access to such interventions, which is a small percentage. 

According to the organization’s research, smallholder women farmers in the 36 states and the FCT only have access to around 18% of the processing facilities and 16% of the storage facilities available.

This was said in Abuja by Azubike Nwokoye, the director of Food and Agriculture Programs for Action Aid Nigeria and the chairman of the National Gender Steering Committee for the implementation of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture for Nigeria. 

When the committee visited the Federation’s Head of Civil Service for a working visit, he made the comment. 

For the first time in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had come up with a gender policy in agriculture because of the large gap in terms of the variability of women across Nigeria, especially in the agricultural sector.

According to recent data from Action Aid Nigeria, small-scale women farmers only have access to about 18% of processing facilities across the 36 states and the FCT, 16% of storage facilities, a very limited amount of market access, less than 10% of transportation, and 50% of uncontrolled land access. Renting or leasing are also options. Just under twenty-something percent of the company is owned.



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