Oil Of Joy In Place Of Mourning

If you had met her some months back, she would have thought herself as walking in the shoes of Naomi (Ruth 1:13-21). But God turned her story around through a small thoughtful gesture by FLEP Rifikatu Yakubu, not only lost her husband, she also lost two sons; victims of the insurgency in parts of northern Nigeria. These calamities left Riftkatu with the burden of three surviving children, two daughters-in-law, and seven; all these for someone without any reliable means of livelihood! Rifikatu hails from Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi state. She is among the widows selected for the FLEP Transforming Livelihood Project Goat Intervention. Three (3) goats were given to her to rear and generate income with which to sustain herself and her family. Today, those three goats have multiplied to 10! Thanks to God’s mercies and Rifikatu’s hard work.  She is happy that her goats are increasing in number and Read More

Significant Role Of Rural Women In Agriculture

Over the years in Nigeria rural women have established defined roles in agriculture; they are involved in agricultural production, process and utilization. They are affected by social-economic factors that hinder the advancement of agriculture and poverty alleviation; these factors include education, access to social infrastructures, and daily income.  Lack of specific policies that do not support and protect the rural women give rise to high levels of poverty, illiteracy and non-involvement in the design and planning of programs and policies, therefore policies and services designed to women in the value chains should be developed. Despite the important roles they play in agricultural economies, rural women are the most visible to face poverty even when livelihoods and self-sustenance in rural areas are guaranteed as a result of their great efforts in agricultural production. However, they have to cover other needs, such as health care, paying for the education of their children Read More