The Abundance of Hope Initiative has urged farmers to embrace climate-smart agricultural practices to reduce production costs and enhance productivity in the sector, ultimately strengthening the nation’s food security.
The call was made on Wednesday in Nasarawa state during a three-day climate-smart training session targeting more than 150 women and youth beginners in poultry farming.
Lambo Hosea Chun, the initiative’s team leader of public interface, emphasized the importance of embracing climate-smart practices, stating that this would make poultry farming more accessible for women and young entrepreneurs starting with modest investments with plans to scale over time. He further stressed that the training served as a catalyst for community-based transformation, extending education beyond individual farms to generate broader economic and environmental benefits.
“The event serves as a catalyst for community-based transformation, where education transcends individual farms, spurring broader economic and environmental benefits. The training will create a paradigm where women and youths can take centre stage in a traditionally male-dominated field, fostering financial independence and gender equality.
“Through training in climate-smart practices, the event will not only cultivate skills but also seed hope – the hope for thriving farms, healthier communities, and a greener planet.”
Chun stated that there is a myriad of advantages associated with climate-smart practices, which include enhanced productivity of poultry farms, making it an appealing sector for youths and women to engage in.
He maintained that poultry farmers can grow their small-scale cage systems into larger farms without a proportional increase in labour and also achieve a massive decrease in production costs.