ActionAid equips 120,000 smallholder farmers on smart agroecology practice

In a bid to ensure the use of innovation for smart agricultural practice, ActionAid Nigeria has trained 120,000 Smallholder Women Farmers (SHWF) and young people on facilitating access to early maturing seeds, seedlings, livestock, and poultry farming.

It said the training will also help in supporting agroecological practices, indigenous seeds production and biodiversity preservation for increased farm yields.

Deputy Country Director and Director of Programmes, ActionAid Nigeria, Suwaiba Dankabo, while speaking in Abuja on Monday at a National Summit on Agroecology and Public:  Private Partnership on Agroecology stated that the three-year project is being implemented under the ActionAid International (AAI) Transformative Impact Fund and designed to improve food and nutrition security.

Dankabo explained that in other to facilitate this, agroecological model farms will be set up and scaled by smallholder women farmers (SHWF) to increase adoption of agroecological practices adding that the project is being implemented in Ondo, Delta, Ebonyi, Jigawa and the FCT

She stated that the Summit seeks to identify how to improve the practice of agroecology, improve the farming and food system whilst reducing hunger in Nigeria, adding that it focuses majorly on women and youths because they are the real farmers in Nigeria.

“Majority of people, over 60% of Nigerians, the people who put the food on the table for Nigerians are women. Even if they are not cultivating their own farms, they are working for other people in their own farms. So they constitute the labor force. Beyond being a contribution to the labour force, they have been producing a kind of subsistence farming that is taken to the market.