SAN FRANCISCO, October 13, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), is set to inaugurate the Nigeria Agriculture Gender Network (NAGN).
NAGN is a national network designed to enhance knowledge sharing, promote experience and information exchange among donor funded agriculture/rural development programmes in Nigeria in respect to women, youth, and other vulnerable groups.
In a statement by the Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor, IFAD-Nigeria Programmes, Vera Onyilo said “the aim of the network is to provide a peer support structure, learning, and experience sharing opportunities among donor-supported agric projects.”
Onyilo said the platform will showcase and re-enforce projects work in furthering women’s empowerment and gender equality. “It will provide strategic opportunities for collaboration in advocating for appropriate policies that could help foster gender equality and transformation”, she added.
The first session of the NAGN with the Theme: Sharing Good Practices and Lessons for Integrating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture is scheduled for October 12 to 15.
Onyilo explained that the Forum will bring together women and Youth/gender focal points in donor funded Projects, government, development partners and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to interact and foster partnerships needed to ensure that gender transformation is achieved.
Onyilo further explained that the workshop would also allow new projects to learn from on-going projects’ experiences by cross-fertilizing ideas to enhance operations and fulfillment of mandates.