Hajia Dr. Salamatu Garba​

Founder/ Executive Director-Women Farmers Advancement Network- WOFAN

Phone: +2348093861739


Hajia Salamatu Garba is a distinguished Nigerian community development practitioner and academic. She holds a B.Sc. in Botany and an M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, along with a Gender Trainers and Development Post Graduate Certificate from the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

She founded the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) in 1993 while lecturing at ABU Zaria and Bayero University, Kano. Hajia Salamatu’s extensive qualifications and leadership have greatly contributed to community development initiatives across Africa, particularly in empowering women farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture. Her work continues to inspire positive change and socio-economic growth in the region.

WOFAN was formed as a response to the plight of the rural women in Northern Nigeria, as people who are voiceless, poor, and dependent on poor resources using local/ indigenous technology.

The low literacy level and lack of awareness on many socio- economic issues of the rural women was also the bedrock for the establishment of WOFAN and interest in rural development!  –

WOFAN’s aim is to improve and promote the economic, social, and political empowerment of rural women and youths to transform agriculture into business and develop positive linkages across all the agricultural value chains including access to finance and technical know -how. WOFAN over the years has supported thousands of households scale up and diversify their income, constructed and supported hundreds of water and sanitation facilities in schools and Islamiyah centers across Northern Nigeria to support rural access to safe drinking water as well as education and improved livelihood of the girl-child and women empowerment (

Hajia Salamatu has served at various consultancy capacity with organizations such as OXFAM, British Council, IDRC Canada, IFAD projects, The World Bank, Wilton Park- UK, women for water partnership-Netherlands United Nations- Peace and Livelihood project (UN-POLAC) in addition to the under listed:

Awards and Recognition

November 2006

Salamatu has received several awards within Nigeria and across the globe including in November 2006- was honored for the first distinguished award in grassroots mobilization in UK by the Commonwealth Business Council in partnership with NEPAD and Women in Agriculture and Environment Network.

June 2022

Appointment as the Polac Foundation state coordinator heading Kano and Jigawa state by the Polac Foundation (office of the director General) June 2022.

May 2022

Awarded by Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) In recognition of her outstanding performance as development Advocate whose contribution has positively impacted on Humanity & Society in general and currently serving as a member of Board of Trustees with Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) May 2022.

February 2022

“Outstanding NGO Award” for Contributing towards the development of Center for Dryland Afgriculture (CDA) by Bayero University Kano State.

November 2021

Board of Trustee Farm Radio International -Canada to head the policy and programmatic performance of Farm Radio in Nigeria, in line with the Global network of Farm Radio International.

September 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award- UN-POLAC and UNESCO-Nigeria as the “Ambassador of Peace Award” for sustainable improvement in the qualities of lives of over 45,000 groups of 30members each from inception of WOFAN in 1993 to date and still up scaling Issued by United Nations- POLAC and UNESCO-Nigeria · Sept 2021

September 2021

Value4Her Award winner of AGRA-USAID-AFRICA2021 Agripreneurs of the Year Award (WAYA 2021) Issued by African Green Revolution-AGRF and AGRA held in KENYA. Competedfor by over 2,500 applicants from 21 African countries.
Recognized for leading over 5,000 fully registered women and youth-led agribusinesses along various crop value sectors in Nigeria where 80 percent of beneficiaries are women of low income background and female headed households.

2019 - 2021 Board Member

Center for Dry Land Agriculture- CDA

August 2021

“Goodwill Ambassador” for valuable commitments inPromoting Peace, Security, Education, Women Development, Religious Harmony & Service to Humanity by Arewa Peace Ambassadors Forum (APAF).

February 2021

“Patron of West African Youth”for having passion for youth Empowerment & contribution to West Sub-region by ECOWAS Youth Parliament.

February 2021

"Meritorious Service Award” appreciation for contributing towards Women Empowerment, Social Development and Building community Resilience for over two decades in Kano state by Kano State Government.

February 2021

“ICON of Humanitarian Service” for contributing towards National Development, Educational Upliftment, Youth Empowerment & Service to Humanity by National Association of Northern Nigerian Students (NANNS)

April 2019

“ICON of Social Development“ in recognitions of society uprightness, Diligent, Disposition of duties with Absolute fair and accountability By West African student Union (WASU)

October 2018

“Heroes Award” by Agriculture and Community Development Kano State

April 2017

Ashoka Fellow- Nigeria- became an Ashoka global fellow in 2017 and Steering committee member of the Women for water International- The Netherlands as an outstanding social entrepreneur with scalable and replicable social and financial inclusion project targeting mostly women and girls in hard-to-reach environment and circumstances

March 2014

“Rare GEM AWARD on MDGs” by the United Nations Information services (UNICS) and WODEF (Women’s Optimum Development Foundation) in Lagos-Nigeria. for achieving a significant target in providing access to safe drinking water across board in Nigeria especially school and out of school children.

June 2014 - 2015

Year award of leading the most agric friendly NGO in Nigeria and reaching out and supporting over 5 million rural women and youths in 7 Northern states of Nigeria.

June 2013

“Valued and Inspirational leadership” award, by the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI) in partnership with a USAID funded project in Nigeria.

November 2012

Dubai: Honored for lifetime achievement & Inspirational leadership award by Middle East Institute of Excellence- Dubai.

March 2010

She bagged Honorary Doctorate Award for Gender & Sustainable Development during the 12th Global Business Women & Leaders Summit as the Life Achievement- Burj Al-Arab Dubai UAE.