person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder August 23, 2018 15:40:20

By Obiageli Nwankwo

Awka, Aug. 23, 2018 (MOI) IFAD-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has completed a 3-day Gender Action Learning System (GALS) workshop for Anambra female farmers.

The workshop was held at Omogho Town Hall, Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

Mr Ikechukwu Anyasie, Coordinator, Youth and women empowerment Unit, VCDP, said that the workshop was organised in order to equip women farmers with the needed skills that would help them to become more productive and active in the sector.

``The workshop is designed to help you to become good time managers and active in decision making process in Agric sector,’’ he said.

The coordinator emphasised that with the information at their disposal, women would no longer take the back seat in their homes and in the agricultural sector in the state.

He said that VCDP had incorporated GALS in their training programme to ensure effective gender balance in participating in the various farmers’ cooperative societies.

It would also meliorate the trend, where women farmers were in the past passive in decision-making as well as in land agreement issues because of cultural beliefs.

GALS is a learning programme designed to ameliorate gender inequalities in society especially among the poor or very poor women with little or no education.

``It is also a programme designed for women with little regular income by provision of credit facilities and personal development training targeted at giving them a voice in their family and the society at large.’’

The programme was initiated by Oxfam Novib’s Women Empowerment Mainstream and Networking Programme and co-funded by Gender and Value Chain (GENVAD) Project in Nigeria.(MOI)