9 March 2010

Nigeria: Women Want Review of Land Use Act

Photo: Ami Vitale/FAO
Masaai pastoralists preparing their maize harvest in Narok, Kenya.

Damaturu — Women groups in Yobe State on Monday gathered in Damaturu and called on the state government to review its Land Use Act and other laws related to it in order to encourage mass production of food.

The women who are drawn from the Agricultural and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAUEN) spoke under the auspices of 'Voices for Food Security' (VFFS) and claimed that over seventy percent of women in the rural areas are farmers but do not have direct access to land.

The women argued that government always considers the interest of men when it comes to allocating lands for industrial, agricultural and residential purposes even though women equally need such privileges to empower themselves.

Aisha Dikko, the officer in charge of the community development and gender issues of (AAUEN) said they used March 8th which was marked as the World Women Day to appeal to various stakeholders to consider the plights of women who are worse hit by gender inequality, poverty and early marriages.

"The Voices for Food Security is calling for improved support to women to have access to land, fertilizer, seedlings, credit and extension services", Dikko said.

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