Okwuchukwu Anthony, Caroline & Nwamaka – Training Women Farmers on Organic Alley Farming
In rural Omor, Nigeria, women carry out majority of the farm work. They are responsible for all crop production, harvesting, and marketing. These women are dependent on farming for their families’ livelihood, because too often men are attracted to urban centers for white collar jobs. As a result of the rural-urban migration by men, women take on this great responsibility. This responsibility comes with risk as the yield of crops are on a steady decline due to loss of soil fertility caused by over cultivation of land. While shift cultivation was previously practiced, population growth has led to over cultivation of the land, leading to an over use of the natural resources, reflecting in the loss of genetic diversity, erosion, and soil degradation.
Okwuchukwu Anthony, Caroline & Nwamaka will train 25 women farmers from Ezeora Women Farmers Association on organic agriculture, which is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity, and adaptive cycles adapted to local conditions. The training will focus on the principles and techniques of ecological farming, including growing various arable crops yam, cassava, maize, and melon in between alley. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation, and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved. The grant from The Pollination Project will be used to purchase the planting materials, workshop materials for the project.