ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) lamented that women smallholder farmers have access to less than 23% of existing credit facilities and only 4.77% to agricultural insurance.
NAA Country Director, Ene Obi, said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a country dialogue on Nigeria’s performance at the National Non-State Actors (NSA) Dissemination Workshop for the 3rd Biennial Review of the Programme. Comprehensive African Agriculture Development (CAADP) (BR) Exercise Report.
She also said that while the government is working to improve the space for more public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements in the Nigerian agricultural sector, women smallholder farmers’ access to such schemes remains below 27%. .
She also said that they had collected data/information through the VABKIT that reflected the lived realities of women smallholder farmers in all 36 states and the FCT, which shows that nationally, women smallholder farmers have no currently only 18% access to processing facilities, 16.60% access to storage facilities, 13.50% access to buyers/access to markets, 9.60% access to transport of agricultural products and 42.30% access to trainings.
She said, “Of extension services, women smallholder farmers only have access to 5.26% agricultural demonstrations and 19.47% farmer field schools.”
The official said that for Nigeria to meet the commitments of the 2014 Malabo Declaration, governments should commit 10% of their annual budget to the agricultural sector to grow it by 6%.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, said the Malabo program was reviewed in 2014 during the meeting of African Heads of State in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, which had gave rise to seven commitments.