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Small Holder Women Farmers Seek Improved Access to Land

Small Scale Women Farm­ers Organization in Ni­geria (SWOFON), has ap­pealed to governments in the country to help small holder farmers get equal opportunity for land ownership to women in the face of current challenges they encounter on acquisition and ownership of land.

The appeal came on the heels of a launch of a programme tagged ‘Referral Pathway on Women’s Rights in Nigeria’ organised by Actionaid Nigeria in collabora­tion with Federacion Internacio­nal De Abogadas (FIDA), SWO­FON and Heinrich Boll Stiftung Nigeria.

The First Vice President, Rural Women Farmers Forum, (RWFF) covering over 14 African coun­tries, Mary Afan, during an inter­active session wuth journalists, lamented that the issue of women owning land particularly in Nige­ria was most challenging.

She explained: “The contro­versial issue of women acquiring land in Nigeria has been one of our major problem, even when we meet at the regional platform the story of women with regards to ac­cess to land and ownership is the same.”

Afan disclosed that women ac­counted for about 80 per cent of the total foods consumed globally, adding that if only women farm­ers are given equal opportunity to own land like their male counter­part the issue of poverty would have been a thing of the past.

 

Source: National Mirror Nigeria

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