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Food Security: UN Women, WPHF Empower North-East Women With Improved Seedlings




The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women ( UN Women) and Women’s Humanitarian and Philanthropic Foundation ( WHPF ) , in partnership with Iwuese Cooperative, have distributed improved varieties of millet, rice, and maize seedlings to 80 selected women farmers across four local government areas (LGAs) in Taraba and Adamawa States.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Executive Director Iwuese Cooperative, Ritdimwa Orga said the initiative is aimed at boosting food production and empowering women in agriculture, which reflects a commitment to addressing gender disparities in the agricultural sector and promoting sustainable development.

She said the distribution targets 80 women farmers carefully selected from diverse backgrounds in the Taraba and Adamawa States, adding that the initiative seeks to empower women by providing them with the resources and support needed to enhance their roles in agriculture.

Ritdimwa Orga [ED at Iwuese Cooperative, emphasized, “We are proud to be part of this initiative that directly impacts women farmers. Through the distribution of improved seed varieties, we aim to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and improved livelihoods.

” The distributed seedlings include improved varieties of rice and maize. These varieties are selected for their resilience, higher yields, and nutritional value, contributing to the overall improvement of agricultural practices and food security in the region.

“UN WOMEN and WHPF, in collaboration with Iwuese Cooperative, bring together a powerful alliance that leverages expertise, resources, and networks to address the unique challenges faced by women farmers in Taraba and Adamawa states.

“The initiative extends its impact across four Local Government Areas, ensuring a broad reach and contributing to community development. By strengthening the capacities of women in agriculture, the project aims to create sustainable change at the grassroots level.

“The distribution of seedlings aligns with UNWOMEN’s and WHPF’s commitment to advancing gender equality in agriculture. Empowering women farmers not only improves their livelihoods but also contributes to the overall development of their communities.”

Women Leader Mubi North, Anna James in appreciation on behalf of the beneficiaries said, “I want to express my deepest gratitude to UNWOMEN and WHPF for their unwavering support in empowering women in Jalingo. The agricultural initiative has not only enhanced our farming practices but has also given us the confidence to actively contribute to the economic growth of our community.”

Similarly, Women Leader Jalingo , Nwuro Lelgi said , “UN Women and WHPF have demonstrated a genuine commitment to the well-being of women in Mubi North. The distribution of improved seed varieties and the focus on knowledge transfer have been instrumental in transforming the lives of women engaged in agriculture. We are truly grateful for this initiative.”

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