ActionAid: only 23% of women have access to credit facilities in the agricultural sector

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ActionAid Nigeria, a non-governmental organization, says women in the country have little access to government interventions, especially in the agricultural sector.

Azubike Nwokoye, Chairman of the National Gender Steering Committee for the Implementation of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture for Nigeria, said this in Abuja on Friday.

Nwokoye, also food and agricultural programs coordinator, Action Aid Nigeria; spoke when the committee visited the head of the civil service of the federation (OHCSF).

He said about 77% of Nigerian women do not have access to government credits like those from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other financial institutions.

Nwokoye said that only 23% of women have access to such interventions, which is low.

“Our data shows that in terms of processing facilities in the 36 states and FCT, women smallholder farmers only have access to about 18% and 16% in terms of storage facilities,” he said. declared.

“For the first time in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has developed a Gender Policy in Agriculture due to the wide gap in variability of women across Nigeria, especially in the agricultural sector. agricultural.

“Recent data from ActionAid Nigeria shows that in terms of processing facilities in the 36 States and FCT, women smallholder farmers only have access to around 18%; in terms of storage facilities 16%; market access is quite low, transport is less than 10%; 50 percent in terms of access to land and access is not controlled. It can be leasing or renting. Ownership is about twenty percent.

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