The Federal Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs has commiserated with Nigerian rural women over devastating floods that submerged farmlands, destroyed property and killed many.
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, expressed sympathy while commenting on the essential roles of rural women in food production and driving rural development on the International Rural Women’s Day observed on the 15th of October every year.
Speaking on the 2022 International Rural Women’s Day themed “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All,” Tallen highlighted critical responsibilities of rural women in ensuring food security and eradicating rural poverty.
According to her, the invisible role of rural women must be acknowledged and upgraded by addressing the lingering challenges they face while carrying out their agricultural activities.
The minister further informed that the Federal Government through the World Bank had disbursed over 3 billion naira to thousands of rural women in some states in the six geo-political zones to support their economic activities and meet their basic needs.
On her part, the UN Women Programme Officer, women’s Economic Empowerment, Ms. Patience Ekechkwu noted that rural women who engage in agricultural related activities face inadequate financial support, lack of advanced market, poor regulatory policies and land ownership issues among others.
Also, the Deputy Country Director Oxfam Nigeria, Mr. Abdulaziz Musa, pointed out that justice was fundamental to improving agricultural activities from production down the value chain to guarantee mutual profit for rural women and the society.
“Many rural women have lost their farms, so it means that next year we are going to have lots of issues and when these issues come the most people that are affected are the women. There cannot be food justice without gender justice as over half of the population of the labour in agriculture is women,” he added.