UNDP ImpactAim Climate Change Tech Accelator

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It’s a great honour and privilege, to share our sustainable energy access program with UNDP ImpactAim Climate Change accelerator.

We commend the professionalism employed by the team in coordinating the whole process, starting from the call for application, to the review of application, notification of interviews, booking of interview dates to the eventual interview.

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The Composition of the interviewers is so amazing, its clear they are knowledgeable on the subject, very friendly, yet focused on the interview process, questions and feedbacks.

We appreciate the privilege given to us to share about our work of providing off-grid rural women farmers access to clean solar energy for lighting their homes and small businesses.

We at Young Women in Farming-YOWIF are very grateful for the opportunity.

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Together we are winning the war against #EnergyPoverty in Nigeria.

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YOWIF selected as Semi-finalist in One Health Development Initiative Photo Contest on Environment.

GoodNews, Young Women in Farming-YOWIF photo was selected as semi-final in the One Health Development Initiative photo contest on the environment. Please kindly help like our photo by clicking on the link below to like the photo.

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Photo 4 by @youngwomeninfarming “Believe Obafaiye caring for her homegrown organic farm garden, where she gets fresh vegetables for making healthy delicious meals for my family. The foods we eat have great effects on our health and quality of life. Conservative environmental practices are essential for good health and well-being.” ——— Believe is a 31-year old advocate for vulnerable rural women and children empowerment in Nigeria 🇳🇬. She has over 8years experience promoting and advocating for equal opportunity for marginalized women and children. She is founder of Young Women in Farming (YOWIF) an Agricultural-based, women-focused social enterprise that helps rural women farmers attain knowledge, grow profits and improve livelihood. #onehealth #OneHealthPhotoCompetition #photospeaks #photocompetition #photography #photo #agribusiness #agriculture

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Addressing Climate Change and Energy Poverty, using Renewable Solar Energy.

YOWIF is addressing the problem of energy poverty and climate change faced by off-grid rural women farmers, living in marginalized arid communinties of Kogi State Nigeria.

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Through her Sustainable Energy Access Development Program, supported by @stichtingmelania , YOWIF runs a Solar Lantern Rental System.

This innovative solution, provides off-grid rural women farmers access to clean, safe, bright, reliable, affordable and renewable solar lanterns for lighting homes and small businesses.

Millions of Nigerians living in rural communinties don’t have access to electricity, many of them depend on burning of Fossil fuels in generating electricity. Which are very expenssive, harmful to our health and environment.

Currently, we are serving 50 off-grid ikere community women farmers, which is very less than 10% of the total women population.

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We seek support to help reach more rural women farmers even in this trying times of COVID-19.

For Donations, kindly DM or email us at youngwomeninfarming@gmail.com

Thank you for your support always.

World Environment Day 2020 “Celebrate Biodiversity”

Earth is our home, what a beautiful home, we love our beautiful home! Oceans so blue, rivers so bright, we love our beautiful home.

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As the world marks World Environment Day today 5th June, we join all actors and stakeholders to ‘celebrate biodiversity’ and reintirate our commitment to conservative environmental practices as demonstrated in all our policies and programmings.

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we will continue to empower vulnerable rural women farmers to end world hunger, act against climate change through tree planting and Solar Renewable Energy access.

Because in the fight to combat world hunger, we urgently need the full contribution of women as the world confronts the three overlapping crises of food price spikes, global financial turmoil, and ecological threats.

Olivier DeSchutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, goes further, saying that “gender equality is the single most important determinant of food security”.

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By empowering women farmers, we also feed and empower their families, their children and the generations that follow. In this way, we help create a more just and food-secure world.

YOWIF COVID-19 COMMUNINTY RECOVERY RESPONSE

Links to the immediate public health consequences of COVID-19 pandemic are those of economic and food security. Even before COVID-19 hit, 113 million people on the planet were already struggling with severe acute food insecurity due to pre-existing shocks or crises. This means they were already on the extreme end of the hunger spectrum-weak, and less well-equipped to fend off the virus.

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According to new figures from the World Food Programme (WFP). The COVID-19 pandemic will see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering acute hunger by the end of the year. Latest numbers indicate the lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under severe threat unless swift action is taken to tackle the pandemic, up from a current 135 million.

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Women have the potential to rewrite the history of the Africa through Agriculture. Women are more productive on the farm, If given the right and necessary tools, they will transform Africa through Agriculture.

Even amidst #COVID-19 pandemic, they are about their farming business.

As part of Young Women in Farming-YOWIF’s effort in strengthening rural agricultural Communinties resilience amidst pandemic, the organization is making free supplies of some farm inputs e.g agro allied materials and poultry birds to some members of YOWIF cooperative in Ajaoukta Village Communinty, to help cushion the effect of #COVID-19 pandemic in Ajaoukta Village Communinty, of Kogi State Nigeria.

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This is part of YOWIF post #covid_19 recovery response. Thiwill go along way to help stabilize some of our members small businesses.

COPING AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Links to the immediate public health consequences of COVID-19 are those of economic and food security. It has devastated households, communities and people across the globe.

While almost all sectors of the world business population find themselves confined at home, there is an increasing need for fresh vegetables, animal products and other food stuffs.

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Young Women in Farming-YOWIF as an organization working in rural poor / marginalized communities where vast majority are illiterate and lack access to information, have been working with members of these communities to raise awareness on Corona Virus and helping them ensure food security.

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To protect our vulnerable communities, we share our knowledge on home gardening and how to produce more with little space. As the rain begins, we are encouraging our community to start and grow your “Home Organic Vegetables”

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Owning a garden is an incredible experience but having one is your back yard is breath taking.

You can join us on Telegram to learn more: https://t.me/joinchat/SPbe8xmqPQaTea45TMf4Cg

 

Highlights of progress so far regarding our sustainable energy access program in off-grid ikere community Ajaoukta Kogi State Nigeria.

We have 50 rural women farmers participating in this project. These women are grouped into 5 cooperatives of 10 members each, to foster support for the overall well-being of these women and their agribusinesses. Each cooperative group has a leader, who is in charge of the activities of her team members. There is 1 general leader of the 50 women who supervises the activities of this cooperative leaders. This project aims at improving vulnerable agricultural communities’ food security by diversifying and increasing household income and strengthening local capacity.

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It is on record that millions of people in rural areas around the country do not have access to electricity for lighting, and as such rural dwellers really solely on kerosine lanterns, petrol/disel generators for lighting their homes& businesses, whose pollutants are harmful to the environment, particularly the health&well-being of women and children.

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Young Women In Farming (YOWIF) has developed an innovative solution that offers a clean, safe, bright, reliable, and affordable solution as  an alternative to the use of kerosene for lighting homes and businesses in the poorest off-grid/underserved communities. This innovative solution is called “YOWIF Solar Lantern Rental System”, and it is done through our sustainable energy access program with support from Melania women Foundation.

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The Solar Lantern Rental System SLRS is based on a centralised charging station which consists of one large solar panel, one charging unit which contains a storage battery, a varied number of charge connectors, a charge controller to regulate the system, and 20 to 50 lanterns. The charging station is ideal for villages, communities and centralized populations. This system represents a sustainable solution that ensures a proper use and maintenance of the installation via the creation of a micro enterprise in each village.

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Our innovative solution offers a safe, bright, clean, reliable, and affordable alternative to the use of kerosene for lighting in the poorest off-grid/underserved communities.

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Young Women in farming-YOWIF is committed to providing sustainable solutions to energy poverty and climate change.

 

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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ACCESS PROGRAM IN OFF-GRID IKERE COMMUNITY, AJAOKUTA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA.

Millions of people in rural areas around the country do not have access to electricity for lighting. Young Women In Farming (YOWIF) has developed an innovative solution driven by three key principles that are a result of years of living with an off-grid situation. First, service-oriented solutions offer a sustainable approach to lighting for those with limited access to capital. Second, organizations must work with communities to create self-sustaining micro-enterprises in order to ensure future development. Third, reliability is one of the most important traits of appropriate technology.

By adhering to these three principles, the Sustainable Energy Access Programme (SEAP) offers a safe, bright, clean, reliable, and affordable alternative to the use of kerosene for lighting in the poorest off-grid/underserved communities. Moreover, the access to mobile phone charging ensures greater village connectivity.

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Description of Solar lantern placement/operation

System 1 – Solar Lantern Rental System (SLRS) The Solar Lantern Rental System SLRS is based on a centralised charging station which consists of one large solar panel (including mounting frame), one charging unit which contains a storage battery, a varied number of charge connectors, a charge controller to regulate the system, and 20 to 50 lanterns. The charging station is ideal for villages, communities and centralized populations. This system represents a sustainable solution that ensures a proper use and maintenance of the installation via the creation of a micro enterprise in each village.

Every rental cycle, the system provides the user with variable hours of lantern operation (dependent on brightness level) or equivalent use of a mobile phone charger, radio, or any other 5 V device that can be charged from the USB charging socket on the lantern. After this time the lantern’s battery will be depleted.

Once the lantern has been used for the operable hours the user must take it to the Village Technician, who operates the charging station. For a small fee, a used lantern can be exchanged for a charged one. The Village Technician keeps part of this money in exchange for running the micro enterprise and the rest goes into the lantern maintenance fund for the future replacement of components (mainly batteries).

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Mrs Believe Obafaiye YOWIF Executive Director, introducing off-grid ikere rural women farmers to sustainable energy access program.

This project is Supported by Melania women foundation, with technical assistance from lifelight renewable energy hub.

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Cross section of participating off-grid ikere rural women farmers

Sustainable Energy Access Programme (SEAP) In Kogi State Nigeria

Sustainable Energy Access Program (SEAP) is our latest current project, and it is aimed at providing access to clean energy for lighting purpose of young rural women farmers.

Millions of people in rural areas around the country do not have access to electricity for lighting. Young Women In Farming (YOWIF) has developed an innovative solution driven by three key principles that are a result of years of living with an off-grid situation. First, service-oriented solutions offer a sustainable approach to lighting for those with limited access to capital. Second, organizations must work with communities to create self-sustaining micro-enterprises in order to ensure future development. Third, reliability is one of the most important traits of appropriate technology.

By adhering to these three principles, the Sustainable Energy Access Programme (SEAP) offers a safe, bright, clean, reliable, and affordable alternative to the use of kerosene for lighting in the poorest off-grid/underserved communities. Moreover, the access to mobile phone charging ensures greater village connectivity.

This project is funded by Melania Foundation, Lifelight Renewable Energy Hub, and Foosteer initiative.

Watch space for project udates

The role of Women in Development (W.I.D)

In developing countries, enterprising women play an important role in reducing poverty. With the proceeds from agriculture, animal husbandry, or craft work, they can support their families and send their children to school. The generation of income through this type of activity provides security for an independent existence. Often only a relatively small investment is needed to get started, but many women have no or difficult access to financing. High interest rates or collateral are requested or a man’s permission is required.

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Young women in Farming (YOWIF) provides a wide range of agricultural skills training and opportunities for rural communities, expanding the cultivation and processing of plants, seeds and cash crops among which can be used for bio-diesel, soap making, cooking oil and pellet fuel for cook stoves in rural low income communities in Nigeria, and other sub-sahara Africa.

In march this year, YOWIF partnered with Farm chique and NIRSIL to empower 200 rural women farmers in kogi state with skills and link to agricultural credits to engage in turmeric farming. Rural women produce half of the world’s food and, in developing countries, between 60 percent and 80 percent of food crops. Women also are more likely than men to spend their income on the well-being of their families: on more nutritious foods, school fees for children and health care. This partnership provided participants access to loan of N250,000 each at 9% interest rate, this is to help support their farming activities, also 100 hectare of land was made available free of charge for 100 women the first phase of the project, there are off takers market ready to pick up their products, at the end of the whole exercise, the farmer should be able to sell off his product for N400,000, when he pays back her sN250,000 loan, she will be left with about N150, 000 profit, which is ok, for a farmer who never made a dim from her farming engagement prior before now.