February 23, 2018

Nigerian Govt. told to Invest in women farmers.

Nigerian Govt. told to Invest in women farmers.

AGRICULTURE  expert Dr  Elizabeth Oluwalana has urged the  Federal  Government to invest in women  farmers to ensure long-term food security. Mrs Oluwalana, of the Department of  Business Enterprise and Management and Entrepreneurship Studies, College of Management Sciences, Federal University  of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, said food security indicators are on red alert despite measures taken. She added  that  a  functional  strategy must focus on long-term investment in women farmers  who  labour to produce food. She urged the government to redistribute the revenues extracted from the country’s natural resources to  benefit women farmers. Mrs Oluwalana  said  food insecurity must be addressed…

$12m project on yam production in Nigeria, Ghana coming

yam farm

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and  its  partners  have announced  a  new initiative to boost yam productivity and double the incomes of  three million yam farmers in West Africa. The initiative, Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project, is supported by a $12 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It would be led by IITA in collaboration with Nigeria and Ghana, the United Kingdom’s Natural Resources Institute (NRI), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The project will focus on increasing yields through…