On Friday the 16-04-2021 WOFAN commissioned 2 water solar boreholes of 500,000 liters capacity each that provides Water for irrigation , domestic and economic needs of close to 2million community members per borehole and reduce the burden of water scarcity in the 2 communities of Tofa and Doka of Kano state. The boreholes are co- funded by Small Grants Project of GEF – UNDP, WOFAN and the community members who put in their time and Labour. The boreholes have 10 reticulated outlets for domestic use, additional 10 to meet their religious obligation needs, while a tunnel will be created to channel water to nearby farms for irrigation when the need arises.
The event promoted and displayed various food items by tge women groups which WOFAN has trained them on while they showcased 25 various foods and snacks made from groundnut products which according one of the participants, it has made them become more empowered, well-nourished and they can visibly monitor the progress of their children’s growth as malnutrition is reducing drastically among the benefiting groups
2500 bags of groundnut, 500 traditional and modern groundnut oil extraction equipment distributed to 200 women groups across Kano and Katsina state to mark A SCALE UP of women’s project to a more business oriented income generating activities.
The beneficiaries were trained in group and business management as well as simple accounting and recording of their daily income before the handover of the credit in-kind materials distributed to them in a cooperative. This is in continuation of the 2 year partnership project between Katsina State government and WOFAN.
In their responses women said they have become empowered and are taken more seriously in their community. “ our men now discuss important family and community issues with us and give us opportunity to also air our views which was not done in the past”, says Larai Yakubu from Batagarawa LGA of Katsina state.
In another development, Hajia Balaraba Sani the leader of the groundnut oil group from Kumbotso LGA of Kano state said, they are now able to save for important issues such as health related issues and in the education of their children particularly the girl child.
There was strong growth in municipal charities. The Brougham Commission led on to the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, which reorganized multiple local charities by incorporating them into single entities under supervision from local government.
Hands on agric! WOFAN comprehensive school pupils already answering the call to take agriculture at heart! Catching them young at WOFAN schools irrespective of their gender, class or age/ Below are pictures taken during demonstration about soil, plants and seeds.
The Women Farmers Advancement Network-WOFAN in partnership with the Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the UNDP-GEF marked the 2021 world Environment Day with 720 women and youth peer leaders in TOFA and DOKA communities of Kano State.
Each peer leader has 30 members to mentor on environmental degradation, Forest Restoration and food security using sustainable strategies.
The event which welcomed the entire community showcased 600 women and 120 male youths already trained by WOFAN on various agroforestry and food security management skills, seedling production and management thereby using the day for the trained WOFAN members to create awareness on sustaining the glory of our environment, reducing carbon emission and recycling of plastic wastes and undegradable materials littering the environment.
The 720 women and trained youths demonstrated the planting of Neem and fruit trees and their benefits to community members in attendance. Each of the trained youths referred to as the peer and their 30 members each will nurture to maturity the neem and fruit trees to restore the glory of deforestation in the community and nurture the neem and fruit to maturity and gain from the various benefits of the trees. At the end of the event each of the community member also had a neem tree to individually plant in strategic agreed locations of their communities for nurturing.
At the opening of the event, the ED WOFAN, Hajia Salamatu Garba said the world Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to remind people about the importance of nature. It is celebrated across the globe to tell people that nature should not be taken for granted and must be respected for its values. It is we the community members especially women who can forge ahead in salvaging the delicate situation the world find itself in terms of carbon emission, disposal of wastes like pesticide containers and pure water plastic bags and bottles as well as nurturing indigenous crops that are getting close to extinction.”
The Youth leader in Tofa- Abba Rabiu in his remarks called on government to look into the increasing menace caused by factory effluence, industrial pollution, as well as materials from hospital wastes like masks, syringes, blood bags that litter various waste collection centers which are left unattended to. He mentioned that this can create more harm than good to the environment.
Hajia Umma Ado and Khadija Suleiman of women nutrition mentoring group called on all community members to support our actions to protect Mother Earth and our efforts to ensure the full implementation of the sustainable strategies of salvaging the environment.