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Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. They comprise 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force, which rises to 70% in some countries. In Africa, 80% of the agricultural production comes from small rural farmers that are women, this is to say that women comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in the agricultural sector, but yet lack adequate access and control over all land and productive resources. These women are hardly included in the design and planning of Agricultural programs and policies.

The official Farm handover from LEEA Global Resources to Alexijan Consults - the implementing partner which shall host and manage the Alexijan Farms (pilot farms under the YFarm Project II) took place on the 14th of February.

It was indeed a day filled with so much excitement as partners, team members, workers and volunteers graced the occasion. The transformation of the farm is indeed a beauty to behold. Structures have been set in place to actualize the goal of organic farming.

Food security exists when all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

Today, the main concern in the agricultural sector is to provide simultaneously enough food, in quantity and quality, to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population and to conserve natural resources for future generations. When we say Food security, we are also talking about the availability and equal distribution of nutritious food.

When healthy food becomes scarce, people shift focus to less nutritious options thereby increasing the risk of an unhealthy lifestyle which can lead to reduced productivity, less immunity and impaired physical and mental development.

It was indeed a day of joy as Alexijan Consults - the implementing partner which shall host and manage the Alexijan Farms (pilot farms under the YFarm Project II) and FBIN had a meeting to sign the Memorandum Of Understanding to officially kick start The YFarm Project II: BUILDING A CLIMATE RESILIENT GENERATION.

Miss Joy Amara Anyanwu; Desk Officer of Alexijan Consults was present to receive and sign the documents accompanied by Mr. Sunday Jacob: Assistant Farm Supervisor of Alexijan Farms and Mr. Chinedu Opara, Programs Manager of FBIN alongside Miss Obiageli Buzugbe; Head of Secretariat both from Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative (FBIN).

The meeting ended in mutual agreement and understanding as both parties were aware of their roles. This signifies that FBIN official hands over all operational implementation of YFarm Project II to Alexijan Consults for proper coordination of the YFarm Project II.

More than 40,000 rice farmers are to receive farming inputs from the federal government in Kebbi and Zamfara States for dry season farming, local officials said on Monday.

In Zamfara, Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Ishaq Ajiya-Anka, said 5,403 rice farmers would receive the inputs within the week.

According to him, five cluster distribution centers in the state have been set up with locations in Gusau, Shinkafi, Bukkuyum, Dansadau and Talata-Mafara.

According to him, all the necessary inputs, including organic fertilizer, seeds, herbicides, NPK and urea fertiliser, sprayers and pumping machines, are in place and stored at the designated centers.