Food security: groups seek empowerment for small scale farmers

Small scale farmers comprise 90% of farmers in Nigeria. However, their constant marginalisation hampers their ability to actively participate in any development process in Nigeria. They have no means to verbalise their interests on policies and development issues. In addition, the tendency for donors to pressure governments to demonstrate participatory approaches to African development means that the terrain for sustainable development through small scale farmer participation has already been laid. The question is why are these stakeholders still being ignored? The need to capacitate small scale farmers with knowledge and resources will benefit the development paradigm in Nigeria. Instead of being mere beneficiaries in a system of exclusion, small scale farmers could bring innovative ways of dealing with food insecurity issues. Read more here.
The Nigerian Compass

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