Widows are major agricultural producers in Nigeria but, until recently, there was no platform to recognise their contributions and give them a voice to create sustainable livelihoods.
Njideka Harry has created the Agric-P.O.W.E.R. project, a grass-roots platform that employs young people as agricultural information workers. It provides widowed farmers with efficient, effective and appropriate technology, training and information to enhance their farming practices.
Goals and objectives
By 2015, Agric-P.O.W.E.R. will have 'farmer clusters' established to link women farmers with outside markets and form new distribution channels.
By 2017, Agric-P.O.W.E.R. will have had an impact on 2 million rural women farmers across Nigeria, including the Niger-Delta region, which is extremely susceptible to climate change and where women and children are most vulnerable.