Hajia Salamatu Garba is a Nigerian and has a B.sc in Botany and M.sc in Plant Pathology from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. She received her Gender Trainers and Development Post Graduate Certificate from the Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton, in the UK. She has bagged a Doctorate Degree from the Institute of Excellence in Dubai, as well as PhD in Sociology of Peace under the United NationsUN-polac, which has led to her enormous performance and leadershipin Community Development Initiatives across the African region. Hajia Salamatu is the founder of the Women Farmers Advancement Network- WOFAN formed in 1993 while she was still a lecturer at two Nigerian Universities, ABU Zaria and Bayero University, Kano.
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 (www.wofan.org).
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:
Served as the team lead for the water alliance and development project (WADA Project), which targeted 69000 school pupils from 23 communities as behavior change agents for improved environment and livelihood especially focusing on girl child and out of school children.2009
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