“The goal is to get these women to scale. To get them to move from resilience to agricpreneurs.” – Naona Usoroh. In a recent interview with Arise TV, our ESG Lead, Ms Naona Usoroh, talked about the impact of our just concluded Gender Champions training.
The Gender Champions activity is part of Alluvial’s gender responsive strategy under the gender component of an overarching project that Alluvial is executing in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. The Gender Champions are trained as master trainers to provide step down training to women lead farmers. The objectives are to help build these farmers’ capacities in farm records keeping, savings, debt financing and managing their group dynamics to better leverage opportunities.
Climate change impacts have affected agriculture and food security especially in the sub-Saharan Africa region, affecting mostly smallholder farmers in general and women in particular and are predicted to contribute to crop production deficits due to increase in temperatures and erratic rainfall. It was found that timely provision of climate services for agriculture are key to anticipate, prepare for and mitigate climate risks among smallholder farmers who are mostly vulnerable to climate risks.
Alluvial Agriculture in partnership with CIAT-International Center for Tropical Agriculture recently trained over 50 Extension Agents and State Leads from Adamawa, Kano, Taraba, Niger, Nassarawa, Benue and Bauchi on climate smart agriculture. Held in Federal Central Territory, Kano and Adamawa states, this training equips agriculture Extension Agents and Farmer Leads with transferable skills to enhance their ability to impart knowledge on AgroClimate advisory services. This training also seeks to improve farmers’ skills on how to access, understand and use AgroClimate Advisory Services to improve their farming activities and become resilient to climate risks.