As part of its agenda to boast women’s involvement in farming and agricultural production, Horti Nigeria has organised a programme with the title ‘Women Event: Empower Women To Make a Difference’ in Kano.
The event was centred around women and youth from villages within Kano and Kaduna.
Horti Nigeria is a programme founded by the embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands and it is a consortium arrangement managed by four partners which are IFCD integration fertiliser development centre which is the Chief implementer, we have the East West knowledge transfer (ESKT) a foundation, and two other universities from Netherlands, the wagninan University and the Royal tropical institute.
Horti Nigeria is structured into four components,
component 1: is about productivity increase which is currently working in Kano and Kaduna and it is expected to reach out to about 60,000 farmers within 4 years.
Component 2: is about piloting innovations in the state of Ogun and Oyo targeting 2,000 farmers.
Component 3: is about inclusive finance and accessing, facilitating access to finance for farmers in component 1 and 2.
Component 4: is about facilitating business to business (B2B) linkages, as these farmers are trained via this programme, we facilitate business linkages for the product they produce so that the market can offtake.
Also component 4: promote policy advocacy and encourage the platform to discuss issues relevant to the Horticulture sector.
Horti Nigeria has gone half way, so far we have reached about 55,000 farmers on access to knowledge and we have grown cut to 100 business to business linkages.
Some of the beneficiaries present at the programme thanked Horti Nigeria for coming to their aids with various forms of support.
Aisha Ahmad who spoke on behalf of Women self reliance global farms, said “ we have benefited a lot from Horti Nigeria, especially on how to nurture our seedlings properly so that they will be healthy and also how to produce vegetables all year round”.
Aisha Umar Barguma from Alheri yafi mugunta Women Association group who is also a beneficiary showed her appreciation saying that “I want to thank Horti Nigeria for this opportunity which I am one of the beneficiaries and we promise to put into practice what we have been thought”.
Others associations that benefited from Horti Nigeria and were present at the event are the Nagarta Manoman Mata and the Ataimaki Mata Women farmers association.
Present at the event where representatives of different farmers associations and stakeholders, Madam Saleh Ruth Arzard (ES–KT) company Manager, Mal. Abubakar Musa (Business Development Manager, Alternative Bank), HN Akola (General Manager, small holders agronomy tomato) Jos, Lecon financial services, Hajiya Ubaida Sani Bello from the ministry of agriculture, Yasar Kabir Nafisa from ministry of Women affairs and social development.