Sustainable agriculture is key to achieving the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) and creating a better life for women. According the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), women make up about 50% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries like sub-Saharan Africa. If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%, lifting 100-150 million people out of hunger.
Despite significant strides in addressing gender inequalities over the years, rural women are still among the most marginalized groups in society and are particularly vulnerable to current and future climate change and food insecurity
They also earn less than men for the same tasks and have fewer rights to land and property, have fewer opportunities to engage in higher-value agribusiness opportunities because they commonly lack the skills, knowledge, finance and access to services they need.
VAWEF is stepping in with our own creative farming and agro-business solutions. Efforts to engage the youths, particularly women-led households in sustainable agriculture will be sustained through the VAWEF Smart Farming Academy, which provides training for women, as well as access to services and markets.
The academy offers a sustainable way to improve access to sustainable farming, cultivation of high-quality seeds and animal husbandry, creating viable community-based businesses and maintaining biodiversity.
With innovative ICT solutions smallholder producers would be enabled to participate in global value chains which will further strengthen their capacity, and VAWEF will continue to position its international presence, and build the produced in Nigeria brand a worldwide experience.
Renewable energy such as windmills, solar power and biogas are used to sustain our programs.
Vital aid and women empowerment foundation (VAWEF) commenced work in Nigeria on the 2nd of January 2008 as a Non-profit organization inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering.