Eberechukwu Okey-Onyema is the Government Director, Wholesome Residing and Girls Empowerment Initiative (HELWEI), a non-governmental organisation, and member, Steering Committee, Civil Society Scaling Up Diet in Nigeria. Lately, the physique organised a two-day capability constructing workshop in agro-technology, monetary administration and advertising for girls in Egbe and Idimu in Lagos State. She advised PAUL ADUNWOKE that ladies want to interact in farming to allow them feed their households and reside wholesome.
Why do you concentrate on farming and never every other discipline?
We got down to promote good well being by means of vitamin, and you can’t discuss vitamin with out mentioning agriculture. So, we prepare them as a result of we all know the position agriculture performs in total well being. If folks shouldn’t have sufficient meals to eat, they are going to be malnourished.
In Nigeria at this time, there are over 37 per cent of malnourished Nigerian kids which have stunted development. So, we prepare ladies on agriculture to allow them have good productiveness, in order to have good well being. When ladies are wholesome and have good life, they may be capable of assist their households. As they are saying, he who trains a lady, trains a group. This mission will give ladies the capability to ship their kids to good colleges and make good selections about their well being.
What was the aim of the workshop?
As an NGO, we’re dedicated to bettering lives of youngsters and ladies, selling their common well being and wellbeing by means of vitamin and constructive life-style, advocacy and analysis. We work in several communities and in the midst of our responsibility, we found that there are many data gaps in actions most girls interact themselves, reminiscent of farming. So, we work to bridge this hole, in addition to gender hole and promote ladies and ladies’ rights.
We’re collaborating with Girls’s Rights and Well being Challenge in Lagos State. Presently, we’re working with ladies in 12 native council growth areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State to enhance their lives and make sure that gender violence is decreased. The mission will run for about three years.
We skilled the ladies in Egbe and Idimu in such agro-business as fishery, poultry and livestock, amongst others. We add fundamental monetary administration as a result of we perceive the connection between establishing a enterprise and find out how to handle it. Lots of the ladies weren’t into agro-business earlier than. So, we assist them from zero stage and make sure that they develop to allow them deal with their households. The concept is to encourage them to accumulate optimum data of the enterprise, in addition to have publicity within the advertising of their merchandise. This fashion, they may be capable of discover success by means of actualizing their desires.
We additionally need them to have data of meals processing and never simply having the ability to feed themselves and their households. That is to encourage them to enter exporting, as there are many potential in farming in Nigeria. We introduced facilitators with wealthy data in agro-business to enlighten them.
How can ladies preserve wholesome life-style by means of agro-business?
One of many ladies advised me she went into farming as a result of through the COVID-19 lockdown, she couldn’t feed her household. However she has a neighbour, who’s into planting and promoting of Ugu leaves (fluted pumpkin) and makes cash from it and is ready to feed her household. So, the neighbour launched her into the agro-business and she or he began feeding her family too.
that Ugu is nutritious. So, by the point you eat this vegetable, you have got already supplied your physique with the wanted nutritional vitamins to allow it operate effectively. That is apart the financial facet. Girls have to prioritise their well being, so the coaching isn’t all about making a living, but in addition caring for their well being.
At this era of COVID-19, there may be want to spice up the immunity, however the person can not do that with out consuming the correct meals. So, it can be crucial that ladies domesticate a wholesome life-style by consuming good, nutritious meals, which includes a mix of all lessons of meals.
For example, it’s common data that consuming a lot of recent greens and fruits is essential to good well being. So is also consuming the correct amount of meals on the proper time, particularly at this era.
Girls undertake lots of obligations within the household: they prepare dinner, go to farm, go to the market and attend to their husbands and kids’s wants. So, they should be in good well being.
Girls shouldn’t permit COVID-19 to have an effect on their households’ wellbeing. Reasonably, they need to go into farming to domesticate not less than ugu leaves and such others to correctly feed their households. Girls additionally want to interact in bodily train and relaxation effectively. Sanitation of setting and private hygiene is essential to win the struggle in opposition to COVID-19. Apart coaching, we even have disbursement programme to assist ladies with micro credit to enhance their agro-business and empower them optimally.
What plans do you have got for girls publish COVID-19?
Submit COVID-19 isn’t going to be enterprise as regular. We’re going to have moral farming, which signifies that even small areas can be utilized for farming. So as an example, when greens are costly available in the market, the person can pluck some from his or her farm and the meals can be thus enriched.
In the course of the COVID-19 lockdown, there have been claims that reduction supplies didn’t get to ladies and kids on the grassroots. Funds have been mentioned to have been diverted, which have been meant for feeding residents through the lockdown. Authorities must do extra by way of bettering the lives of ladies and kids. Loads of kids are malnourished, which is being worsened by the rise in costs of products. That is insufferable and one thing needs to be carried out urgently.