The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has embarked on a five-day entrepreneurship development and empowerment training for 80 women in agribusiness in Bauchi State.
This was stated by the General Manager of SMEDAN, Mr. Olawale Fasanya, in Bauchi on Friday at the closing ceremony of the training.
According to him, the program was initiated under the agency’s Women in Self-Employment Program (WISE-P) with a special focus on women working in agriculture and agribusiness production (agricultural value chain).
A representative of Mr. Mahmoud Issa, District Coordinator, SMEDAN, North East, said that many women work in agriculture and many of them are willing to practice agriculture or agricultural business as a means of earning a living and self-employment.
However, they are limited in progress because they do not have the skills and financing required to continue successfully and even get to market, thus, the program was introduced by SMEDAN.
The program is designed to provide entrepreneurship training, vocational training, and empowerment through shared facilities and offer business development service to 80 participants in each state across six states selected for the first phase.
Today, the first phase of the program starts concurrently in six states of Osun, Ebonyi, Katsina, Bauchi, Ekiti and Kwara.
“WISE-P is primarily designed to promote self-reliance among women and enable them to achieve improved productivity and sustainability in businesses in terms of crop cultivation and agricultural processing along value chains.
“It is also to promote the production of raw materials for industrial use and development because it is said that when you train a woman, you train a nation, and when you empower a woman, you have liberated the nation,” said the general manager.
He further explained that all beneficiaries will be empowered with the necessary support and equipment to facilitate their means of doing business.
SMEDAN Empowers 80 Bauchi Women in Agribusiness