The Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari, and President of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), has maintained her commitment to promote women in agriculture as a result of this irrefutable truth.
Women, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, cannot be overlooked in the battle for food security. Women make over half of the agricultural workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the United Nations.
Aisha Buhari recently sent a delegation to Kazakhstan to attend a high-level forum on food security hosted by the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University.
Ministers, opinion leaders, and agro-industrial experts were among the participants, who came from various OIC member states.
Mr Sani Zorro, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of the First Lady, led the Nigerian delegation.
Zorro detailed the accomplishments of the Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF) in assisting women and children, particularly in the fields of health, education, and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria, in his presentation.
Zorro also mentioned ABF’s assistance in cases of gender-based violence, adolescent health and nutrition issues, and girl-child education, among other things.
The measures were carried out through strategic coordination between the ABF and other development partners, he stated.
The Nigerian team met with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS), the Ombudsman for Children’s Rights in Kazakhstan, the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), and the Nur-Sultan Foundation while in Kazakhstan.
Other companies included Hassad Food Qatar, Attyab International Services, Arab Authority, and GIS Space Services.
The Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS), which organized the high-level meeting, has previously expressed interest in collaborating with the first lady’s foundation to provide technical assistance to women in agriculture, particularly rural women.
Prof. Yerlan Baidaulet, Director-General of the IOFS, stated that the collaboration would necessitate the development of rural women’s technical capacities in order for them to be more productive in agriculture.
In terms of operational convergence for rural farming, the D-G noted the IOFS and the ABF had a lot in common.
“The two organizations have a lot in common, particularly when it comes to increasing technical competence for female farmers and rural agriculture.
“I am confident that there are significant prospects in this type of project, particularly in rural regions, for improving technical ability for rural farmers, particularly female farmers, therefore I believe we can accomplish a lot by collaborating with the First Lady’s Foundation.”
“We must work because we are witnessing a lot of inequalities, a lot of social problems today,” he said. “I believe those who are given this kind of opportunity to partner with the first lady’s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people.”
Baidaulet praised the ABF for its commitment to addressing social issues, promoting humanity, and improving society.
Mr Zorro, the first lady’s envoy, expressed optimism that the cooperation would be mutually beneficial.
He claimed that the ABF has been visible in its efforts to provide healthcare, education, and economic empowerment to the society’s most vulnerable members.
“To deepen its support for mankind, the foundation is prepared to partner with renowned organizations around the world,” he stated.
The first lady pushed for enhanced stakeholder participation in supporting peace-building among farming communities to achieve sustained food security on the Afreican continent during one of the sessions.
The first lady emphasized the importance of working together to combat climate change’s catastrophic effects, particularly on women and children, as well as food production.
She stated that relevant authorities must make a determined effort to resolve problems between farming communities and herdsmen.
According to her, the scenario poses a threat to most farming communities’ food production. She stated that the Nigerian government had spent a significant amount of money to alleviate the situation and ensure the safety of the rural communities.
“Efforts are being undertaken, particularly by humanitarian organizations, to handle the situation in the most afflicted areas of Africa.
“My office and my foundation, the Aisha Buhari Foundation, have continued to support women, youths, and children who are disproportionately affected by environmental concerns.
” The efforts to cooperate with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to attaining food security, particularly through food security and nutrition, thrill me.
“I had the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a trusted partner in fostering peace on the continent as President of AFLPM sometime last month.”
“ “We are determined to influencing the teachings of peace and security education in primary, secondary, and territory schools across the continent through the AFLPM network,” she stated.
Aisha Buhari also told the crowd that her foundation had teamed up with the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs using genetic plants.
“This is a part of our agriculture on which a major portion of our local community relies for medical treatment, food supplements, and cosmetics.
Only 20% of the 10,000 types of medicinal herbs in Nigeria are used, according to her.
In addition, my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Council Bill into law.
She reaffirmed her commitment to supporting women and children, particularly women in agriculture, in order to ensure the continent’s long-term food security.
Without a doubt, the high-level event, which included officials from over 20 IOC member nations, provided a vibrant platform for multi-stakeholder engagement to explore strategies to ensure food security, encourage innovation, and share concerns related to food security and nutrition around the world. (NANFeatures).