Olajide Kabir and Adedokun Ganiyat – SheGrow Nigeria
SheGrow Nigeria is poised to champion the course of women empowerment leading to community development in northeastern Nigeria. Mr. Olajide Kabir Oluwatosin is the founder of the project and also doubles as the CEO of Essa-adaje Global Resources, an organization responsible for implementation of this project. SheGrow is located in Maraba village, on the outskirts of Bauchi, Nigeria. It is comprised of a group of women farmers across rural communities in the area. Together they will undergo a series of trainings on sustainable, conservative agricultural systems. At the conclusion of these trainings, each farmer will plant on their allotted farmland. They will be provided with all necessary inputs, ranging from seeds, organic fertilizer, and labour, eventually becoming individual farm owners.
The project is necessary because activities of insurgency and counter military operations have resulted in the displacement of approximately 1.9 million people, thus creating a food and nutrition crisis in northeastern Nigeria. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says about eight million people will go hungry in northern Nigeria by the year 2020. More so, women in these rural communities lack access to opportunities as compare to their counterparts in the city. SheGrow Nigeria will impact about 700 members of this community in each farming cycle and more than 2,000 people at the end of one year.
The expected outcome is economic empowerment for these women, by helping them to become individual farm owners and entrepreneurs, thereby alleviating poverty and improve living standard. Funds from The Pollination Project will help procure the tools for project implementation.