The program will train 20 women in Ugwogo Nike community who are engaged in agriculture on how to convert poultry droppings to cooking energy and biofertilizer to reduce greenhouse gas and promote food security. Reports show that the marginalization of women rights and their lack of decision making power results in high rate of poverty as women are deprived of realizing their full potential. With relevant skills, they can improve agricultural production and lift their families out of poverty.
Enugu is located in the Eastern Nigeria and comprises mainly of civil servants and farmers. There is observed gender inequality in the state, inline with the 2017 Global Environment Facility policy on gender equality which states that "men and women use natural resources differently and they are affected differently by changes to these resources". Agricultural support is lacking as mainly women farmers suffer a lot in planting their crops but gain little during harvest.
This project provides a training program for rural women in agriculture as women must be involved in the solution to agricultural problems because they are powerful actors of change. The training will provide practical skills needed to convert poultry waste to wealth as these will be used as clean energy for cooking, also biogas product (bioslurry) which is an effluent biofertilizer will be used as a replacement for chemical fertilizers in the farms for improved farm output.
This project will help in closing the gender gap in the state for sustainable development, by promoting women empowerment through a lasting gender transformative approach. It will also provide a solution to the local energy needs of the community by utilizing agric waste for basic energy for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, household air pollution (HAP) and improved human health especially for women and children as they are more negatively impacted by these environmental health risks.