“In today’s increasingly connected world, women are being left behind. A significant gender gap in mobile phone ownership and usage in low-and middle-income countries is hindering growth for the mobile industry and means women are missing out” –RITA ROBERT OTU.

Women Agricultural Extension Services (WAGES) MOBILE is an ICT based mobile platform – which brings all agric offerings for small farmers under one roof. It connects small farmers to their various needs – Seeds, fertilizers, equipment, crop advisory & market linkage of agric produce.

Our mission is to support our women farmers to increase food security and increase financial inclusion. Furthermore, Wages mobile approach is to “re-imagine” the agricultural value chain. We use digital technology to empower the farmers we source from as well as vendors we deliver the goods to. Moreover, Wages mobile is cooperating with financial-service providers who rely on digital devices.

We are about to start our e-commerce platform which will allow informal grocers to place orders, network with vendors, view their order history and plan future orders. We plan on using DRONE technology to teach women farmer’s agric technology.

Our objectives are:
Bring together proven e-agriculture solutions that will benefit women;
• Share knowledge on successful e-agriculture solutions and identifying ways of scaling up implementations at national level and Strengthen Community e-agriculture solutions with women farmers. So far reaching over 20,000 smallholder farmers across in Nigeria over the last 3 years with relevant information has improved the entrepreneurial success.

DESCRIPTION and SCALABILITY
This is an IT-based extension service delivery system that involves recording best practices and innovations along specific agricultural value chains that are used as teaching aid in rural areas. The approach will enable farmers to obtain a comprehensive view of the value chains they engage in and appreciate the central role they occupy and how it is linked to other value chain players.

WAGES mobile helps to transform rural smallholder farmers into successful entrepreneurs by delivering data and services that improve productivity, decisions, practices, crop outputs, income and livelihoods, leading to employment opportunities and increased income.

Empowering farmers through education, knowledge and improved income from better agricultural practices and market information.

• Providing localized data that increase farmer’s ability to adapt to climate changes, increasingly unpredictable periods of rain and drought as well as showing agricultural best practices.

• Enabling inventory tracking that reduces inefficiencies and wasted crops.

• Reaching 20,000 smallholder farmers across in Nigeria over the last 3 years with relevant information to improve women farmers’ entrepreneurial success.
Delivering data and services that improve productivity, decision on planting and harvest, agricultural practices, crop outputs, income and livelihoods of rural farmer

Please describe how and where this project is replicable.

By providing funding and deep technical expertise to service providers, we support scalable commercial digital solutions that impact women, smallholder farmers and the agricultural industry at large.

Please describe how this project is sustainable.

Wages mobile works with mobile operators and their partners to address the barriers to women accessing extension services. Together we can unlock this substantial market opportunity for the mobile industry, deliver significant socioeconomic benefits and transform women’s lives. When women thrive, societies, businesses and economies thrive.

How does this project promote SDGs values in your community?

WAGES Mobile promotes SDG’s values in terms of providing a forum for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies to make communication information a global space.

In line with SDG goals this project is to reduce the gender gap in digital agriculture and unlock significant commercial and socio-economic opportunities for women farmers to reduce inequality in the society. Through an innovative approach to financing, training, collateral, and the identification, delivery, and installation of vital assets,

WAGES mobile provides women farmers with key tools to spur growth.

Please describe the qualitative and quantitative economic, social and environmental impact of the project.

WAGES mobile helps to transform rural smallholder farmers especially women into successful entrepreneurs by delivering data and services that improve productivity, decisions, practices, crop outputs, income and livelihoods, leading to employment opportunities and increased income.

• Empowering 50,000 farmers through education, knowledge and improved income from better agricultural practices and market information.

• Providing localized data that increase farmer’s ability to adapt to climate changes, increasingly unpredictable periods of rain and drought as well as showing agricultural best practices.

• Enabling inventory tracking that reduces inefficiencies and wasted crops.

• Reaching 50,000 smallholder farmers across in Nigeria over the last 3 years with relevant information to improve women farmers’ entrepreneurial success.
Delivering data and services that improve productivity, decision on planting and harvest, agricultural practices, crop outputs, income and livelihoods of rural farmer

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Dr. MFON CLEMENT Co-founder beau haven farms.


Dr. MFON CLEMENT is a renowned researcher with a PHD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Nigeria. A great l over of food and agriculture with over 5 years working experience. She has published so many International journals on crude Oil and Environment. She is the CEO of Bochas global Services limited and a consultant on various environmental and climate change projects in Nigeria. She is a consultant for Gas Alert for Sustainable Initiative (GASIN).

Dr. MFON CLEMENT Co-founder beau haven farms

Dr Mfon Clement

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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Nutritious school farm.

The farm to school project seeks to re-establish the link between the food students eats and where it comes from through the medium of hands-on constructive education. Students will be able to develop entrepreneurial skills by processing and making products from the produce grown and selling it at school events, while educating their community about healthy eating and the importance of agriculture as sustenance.

FROM FARM TO SCHOOL NETWORK (FF2SN)

From Farm to School Network, commonly referred to as FF2SN, is a program that helps children learn where their food comes from, how it is grown, and offers hands-on experiences with it, in turn making them more likely to accept new foods into their diet.

Girls Farmers Club

Girls Farmers’ Clubs (GFC) was established in 2014 to further the education and farming skills of young girls in agriculture.

 

The aims and objectives of Girls Farmers’ Club as a voluntary organization include and not limited to the following:

  1. a) To train up students on how to manage farms.
  2. b) To acquaint students with different techniques of farming.
  3. c) To make/encourage students develop interest in agriculture.
  4. d) To make information available on agricultural breakthrough to improve students’ knowledge.

AGRIC KIDS CLUB (AKC)

The main goal of this club is to provide a fun opportunity for children to broaden their knowledge of agriculture and to interact with other students who have a shared interest in agriculture.

There are several reasons why the establishment of agric kids club is important. Such as:

 

  • Reinforce the relevance of agriculture to children in everyday lives.
  • Offer children the opportunity to serve the community.
  • Expand children’s leadership skills by conducting demonstrations, lab activities or community outreach events.
  • Allow kids to cultivate interest in agriculture in an informal environment, without the pressure of being graded

CASSAVA LINK

Cassava link is a social enterprise that improves food and income security by facilitating Nigerian women farmers with the right tools to efficiently harvest their crops. This technology is designed so that a semi or fully illiterate women farmers in Nigeria can use it.

 

iNTRODUCING MISS RITA OTU


Rita Robert Otu is the CEO of Beau Haven Farms and a creative agriculturist, activist, researcher, and published author. With an academic background in international political economy and development, she focuses on food security, migration, and democracy. Beau Haven Farms is a profit organisation that creates food awareness on malnutrition. It focuses on education, access to food, budget, tastes, and adequate food intake. The organization’s goal is to involve individuals at an early stage to radically change common misconceptions about food, specifically in urban areas.

A pioneer in food policy research, Ms. Otu brought the issue of nutrition to the forefront by using both economic and medical research to convince development leaders to make biofortified crops an urgent priority in the global food security agenda. For over ten years she has been striving to advance democracy and human rights across Africa. A Nigerian, she has worked on social justice issues as an NGO activist, a democracy and electoral assistance provider, a grant maker, a political writer, and translated poet. Rita holds an MSC in International Development from Manchester University. She also holds a BSC in Agricultural Economics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. As a creative activist, she uses her power of words and imagery to move people from awareness to end hunger in Africa. These messages are disseminated across the world to a diverse audience through her shows and performances at international festivals. In 2018, she was awarded a certificate from Study UK British Council for her entrepreneurial skills in Nigeria to end hunger.

Rita Robert Otu

CEO Beau Haven Farms

Rita Robert Otu studied masters in International Development (Economics and Management of Rural Development) at the Global Development Institute. She returned to Nigeria in 2009 and was inspired to start the Peas Food project, providing education and teaching green skills to young women.

Rita says investing in women’s farming was always a priority for her.  “With a family history in farming and having grown up watching and follow my parents on the farm, perhaps it’s no surprise I’ve ended up where I have. I was a facilitator for Girls Power Initiative and I knew the challenges faced by women in Nigeria.” 

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