World Bank opens technical dialogue to promote better access to finance for women farmers in Nigeria

May 07, 2013

The World Bank has organised with the government of Nigeria a technical dialogue on gender and agriculture on May 2nd in Abuja with a view to enhancing access to finance for female farmers in the country.

The World Bank has organised with the government of Nigeria a technical dialogue on gender and agriculture on May 2nd in Abuja with a view to
enhancing
access to finance for female farmers in the country.

According to figures from the institution, 57 per cent of households in Nigeria are categorised as agriculture households, and women are often responsible for the majority of the farming tasks of processing, transportation and harvesting of crops.

"Although 35 per cent of women are employed in the agriculture sector and 44 per cent of the country's female headed households are involved in agriculture activities, only 18 per cent of rural plots are managed by female farmers" said the World Bank Country Director to Nigeria, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, quoted by This Day newspaper.

"Boosting women's agricultural productivity in Nigeria will require not only giving women access to land, but more critically improved access to finance as well as valuable information", she added.

The Technical Dialogue on Gender and Agriculture aims to study the latest data and research on gender and agriculture in Nigeria and provide an analysis of male and female differences in agricultural productivity that uncovers the factors that are associated with lower female agricultural productivity, in order to identify key areas for policy interventions.ADNFCR-2976-ID-801581586-ADNFCR