‘Women want greater inclusion in agribusiness’
Executive Director and Founder, Women in Agricultural Advancement and Sustainability Africa (WAASA), Chi Tola Roberts –Agbaje yesterday in Lagos said empowering women in agriculture and its value chain will build stronger societies, quality life for farmers, and a more sustainable supply chains in Nigeria.
Roberts-Agbaje, who was a guest speaker at the Innovators’ Hangout, a programme organised by Christ Apostolic Church, Grace and Glory to encourage creativity among youths stated that Women farmers in Nigeria want to move past common empowerment slogans to experience realistic and result oriented output..
Roberts-Agbaje stressed that Nigeria may not move forward in agriculture without the meaningful participation of women.
According to her, women have established distinct roles in agriculture value chain in Nigeria through farming, production, processing, marketing and utilization.
She noted that the roles of woman in the sector were significantly affected by socio-economic factors, including low income, education and access to basic infrastructure.
“Women want greater inclusion in agribusiness. For agriculture to progress sustainably in Nigeria, gender specific policies and services tailored to women in the value chains must be developed”, Roberts –Agbaje said.
She disclosed that there was a strong resolve among women to take responsibility of their development and define the kind of empowerment they needed in order to prosper.
Roberts-Agbaje said: “As part of its national development strategy, the Federal government via the Ministry of Agriculture should implement policies focused on improving agricultural growth programme, which seek to promote Agro-allied partnerships to tackle wastage and limited market access.
To her, women find it difficult to enter into the market due to limited education, funds and low social status.
Roberts-Agbaje urge the federal government to alunch transformational projects that would provide women farmers with crucial access to capital and new technology needed to invest in higher Agro-allied production, promote their livelihoods and meet their nutritional needs.