The President of the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) reiterated the organization’s commitment to promoting food security through its recently launched ICON program, which is an initiative in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.
She said the intervention program, which provided agricultural tools, had contributed immensely to addressing the challenges associated with low yields faced by farmers.
Thanks to these pioneering strategies, farmers under the leadership of their traditional leader Sarki Ibrahim were able to fully recover from their economic difficulties and increase their yield by growing only rice and groundnuts to include a variety of vegetables.
She explained that farmers have also become more savvy in using the technology and have replicated it in their farming practices. As a result, farmers increased their profits from N40,000 to N120,000.
Speaking on the progress of farmers, Sarki Ibrahim expressed his gratitude for the initiative of WOFAN, which received immense community support, especially in terms of mobilizing women and developing their businesses.
“We are extremely grateful to the Mastercard Foundation and WOFAN for contributions and technical support. It has improved our access to the market and we can sell our products at higher prices,” says Ibrahim.
WOFAN, in partnership with the Sonvisage innovation team, has developed a solar-powered briquette stove for home cooking and parboiling. It is also used to generate electricity as the sockets provided on the cooker allow phones to be charged while cooking; in addition, the stove is built with a cupboard where the kitchen utensils are stored.
Some women like Lubabatu Ado have taken up briquette production as a business. Again, solar power provided a more environmentally friendly way to soak rice overnight without using gasoline or diesel. It also provides a source of income for people to start phone charging businesses. This made the Women’s Center a nascent business and trading center in Tofa LGA of Kano State.
One of the beneficiaries, Ms. Regina, who has experienced the economic downturn, is grateful for the intervention of the Mastercard Foundation.
“WOFAN has given us economic support by providing agricultural inputs and technical knowledge through training on advanced agricultural practices. This has allowed my group to be better informed about financial management, cooperative management and group dynamics to improve our business. We are very grateful for this training,” she said.