Nigeria records N38t post-harvest losses yearly
• SWOFON Seeks Massive Investment To Curb Deficit
Following reports that the country records N38t yearly to post-harvest losses, Smallholder Women Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON) has called for massive investment targetted at curbing post-harvest losses, caused by climate change and farmers/herders clashes, among others.
The group also said with Cadre Harmonisé (CH) Report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), about 12.8 million people in 16 Northern states were faced with food and nutrition insecurity due to climate change, insecurity, farmers/herders clashes, and COVID-19.
SWOFON, in a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day advocacy forum, organised by ActionAid, stressed the need for government to address food and nutrition security affecting other parts of the country.
The communiqué signed by the National President SWOFON, Mary Afan, said given the importance of female gender in the agricultural sector, it was important for state ministries of agriculture to constitute their state’s steering committee for the implementation of the gender policy in the agricultural sector, in a bid to offer equal access and gender-sensitive approaches towards food production.
The communiqué stressed the need for states to create budget lines to fund the National Gender Policy in Agriculture and also create specific yearly budget lines for small-holder women farmers and ensure total release.
The group wants smallholder women farmers to be included in the agriculture budget and policy-making processes.
It called on the Federal and state governments to eliminate all forms of culture or religious-based gender biases in agriculture and review the Land Use Act to address issues of gender discrimination in land ownership.
The group, however, commended the Federal government and ActionAid for the development of the National Gender Policy and inclusion of the small-scale women farmers organisation in the steering committee.