Abuja, March 1, 2018 – The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), in collaboration with African Youth Development Foundation and Cara Development Foundation, will host over 120 rural women farmers in the Niger Delta to a townhall meeting on Tuesday March 6, 2018 to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.

In a press statement made available to reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, PIND Knowledge and Communications Manager, Chichi Nnoham-Onyejekwe said the outreach event themed ‘’Time is Now: Transforming Lives of Rural Women in Small Businesses and Agriculture’aims to showcase the contributions of these women farmers to the rural economy and draw attention to the constraints limiting them from maximizing the immense opportunities in their respective agricultural value chains.

The townhall outreach will hold in Ngor Okpala Community in Imo State where the Aladinmma Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society made up of over 200 women cassava farmers supported by PIND and partners operate. They will be joined by women farmers from Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers Association in Oguta and Mezie Umukabia Ogodo Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Ngor Okpala. The outreach will also have the media, government representatives and agricultural service providers in attendance to engage with the women.

The statement went further to explain that during the outreach, the rural women farmers will interact with the media, government and service providers to tell their stories and speak about their needs and concerns. The forum will provide a platform for the stakeholders present to appreciate the contributions of the women farmers and to deliberate on how to improve support to the women.

‘’Rural women account for 70 percent of agricultural labour, and 80 percent of food production in Nigeria.  About 40 percent of women in the Niger Delta are in agriculture. Through this outreach awareness, PIND wants to shine the spotlight on these women and attract key stakeholders to take actions that will help to boost productivity and profits for them and grow their farming businesses’’ Nnoham-Onyejekwe said.

About PIND

The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) was established by Chevron in 2010 with a mission to build partnerships for peace and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The objective of these partnerships is to reduce poverty and increase socio-economic benefits by implementing interventions that address the root causes of conflict and poverty in a localized and sustainable manner, resulting in stability and equitable increases in employment and incomes of individuals in nine target states: Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ondo, Edo, and Imo. PIND works to reduce poverty by acting as a catalyst for systemic change in the Niger Delta through four interrelated and interdependent program areas: Economic Development, Peace Building, Capacity Building and Analysis and Advocacy.

For more information on PIND, please visit: www.pindfoundation.org