The purpose of the project is to establish a 3000 capacity catfish farm each for every 100 rural poor women in 10 rural communities in Nigeria. These women will be equipped with sustainable skills and knowledge in fish farming, fish feed making as added value, business and entrepreneurship skills needed to run the fish farm as a joint business. The goal of the project is to empower 1000 rural poor women to become economically independent and lift themselves and families out of poverty.
Women and households headed solely by women are the most chronically poor group in rural communities in Nigeria. Men have higher social status and as a result have more access to schooling and training. Agriculture which is their only source of livelihood is mainly rain-fed and characterized by low land and low labour productivity and one planting season per year. With an average family size of 5, these women have to work extremely hard to take care of themselves and families.
The project shall establish 10 community catfish farms (3000 catfish capacity each) in 10 selected remote rural communities in Imo State Southeast region of Nigeria for a total of 1000 rural poor uneducated women smallholders (100 selected for each community). These women will be trained in sustainable hands on practical skills and knowledge of fish farming, fish feed making as added value, business and entrepreneurship skills needed to run the fish farms as a joint viable business.
1000 rural poor women use sustainable and practical fish farming knowledge and skills to increase their household income generation by 60% and create livelihood option for themselves. Rural poor women are empowered to channel agriculture as a viable business, increase food supply and delivery, and become economically independent. 2000 household members of which 60% are children will benefit from the economic development, increase in food supply and livelihood security.