The National Gender Policy will improve food security reduce poverty and sustain the livelihoods of men and women who rely on agricultural value chains for common good, says Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono.
Nanono disclosed this during the launch of the policy document in Abuja, stating that the event was targeted at contributing to the attainment of the agricultural reforms and development agenda of the current administration.
He said the policy would enable men and women have equal access and control of productive resources and facilities to bridge gender gaps through promotion and adoption of gender sensitive and responsive approaches.
Nanono further explained that the policy would give direction for the different roles of women and men in agriculture for development and gender equality in access to resources as well as equal opportunities in maximising means of livelihood and also necessary condition for progressively realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The National Gender Policy in Agriculture is expected to drastically reduce the vulnerability of women to biases in agriculture, address the unequal gender power relation and bridge gender gap,” he added.
On why it is important to launch the policy document, Nanono says it is important to note that women constitute about 50% of Nigeria’s population and they are behind 70% of agricultural labour, 50% of animal husbandry related activities and 60% of food processing activities, adding that they have access to less than 20% of available agricultural resources,which is a stumbling block to their maximising agricultural production, making the launch of the policy document is necessary.