Maize value chain holds gender mainstreaming workshop for partners

A three-day workshop on gender mainstreaming in SARD-SC maize value chain was conducted at the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Project (KADP) Headquarters, Kaduna, Nigeria, during the last quarter of 2016 with key stakeholders in attendance. The aim of the workshop was to enhance gender sensitive technology development and dissemination in order to boost productivity and income of a broad segment of targeted maize farmers, particularly women.

The workshop was organized in four sessions, with the opening ceremony attended by the state Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari‎ who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. M. Kassim. Also present at the opening ceremony were the Program Manager, Kaduna State Agricultural Development Programme (KADP), Mal Ashafa Dauda, the President of Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Mr. Tunji Adenola; the President of Seed Entrepreneurs Development Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), Mr. Richard Olafare, and Professor John Onyisi Onyibe, maize value chain coordinator in Nigeria and the Managing Director of Goldagric Nigeria Limited, Kaduna.

Dr Amare Tegbaru, SARD-SC Gender Specialist, assisted by Dr. Halidy Gaya, gave the lecture on how to mainstream gender into the maize value chain activities during the interactive workshop. This was followed by a brainstorming group session during which a tool was developed to conduct focus group discussions (FGD) on gender norms within various communities. Later, all the participants were organized into three groups, and each group developed and presented the tool they intended to use for their FGDs. One group was to work on a women’s group, another group would work on a men’s group and the third would work on a mixed group.

Field practical/analytical exercise on day 2 using the tools earlier developed to interact with the three stratified gender focused groups, formed the third session.  The field work was held some 250 km away from Kaduna, within the SARD-SC IP located in Taure, Samaru Kataf in Zango Kataf Local Government Area Council of Kaduna State covering the Kaduna-Nasarawa States. The visit enabled the participants to understand and identify the prevailing gender dynamics within the community. The results from each of the three FGDs were later analyzed to tease out the gender norms influencing both male and female decisions on what to grow. Special focus was on the dynamics within the community that female farmers faced when accessing the three factors of production: land, labour and capital.‎

After the presentation of group reports, an action plan was developed to support the efforts of women in the community to produce more green maize, an enterprise that had been identified as the focus of the female farmers. The lecture and discussion guide presentations used by the lead resource person were circulated among the workshop participants. The workshop ended with a range of feedback comments from participants during a wrap up session.

The SARD-SC Maize value chain is executed in over 60 communities across 6 States of Nigeria as well as in five (Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana, Zambia and Mali) other countries.


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