Quantifying the impact of the program.

Smallholder farmers account for 80% of commercial rice produced in Nigeria, making rice a crucial source of income for rural households. However, women rice smallholder farmers are failing to reach their potential. Women in Northern Nigeria are especially disadvantaged in decision-making power and access to vital resources. They earn on average 35% less than men for their harvest.

In this context, access to lands, markets, financial services, and relevant agribusiness trainings are crucial for women farmers to gain greater control of their resources, grow their income and invest in their families and businesses.

In accordance with industry-standard monitoring and evaluation, as well as the M&E standards of the ExxonMobil Foundation, BWC has tracked the progress of our interventions at scale and at the level of the individual woman beneficiary. Through two project phases, BWC laid the foundations to address some of these problems. More than 1,000 women and their spouses participated in trainings and, as a result, a large majority applied good agronomic practices made possible by facilitating access to inputs on loan for the women.

As the program expands, it aims to build on that success and nurture the community of women farmers as they develop their skills into the processing segment of the rice value chain.