In 2017 KINDs objective was to help the rural women of Owode-ketu community to improve on the processing of their cassava produce by empowering them with modern machineries for processing of cassava into fine and sand-free gari produce across the cassava to gari spectrum of the value chain. In preparation of this project, the organization’s staff has met with the women resident farmers in the community who described their urgent need for cassava processing machines to meet market demand, to achieve high quality production/processing and improve their labor productivity.
This Project involves mainly the small-scale cassava farmers to improve on their postharvest farm handling which is mainly of the women section of making gari. There is lack of Gari (cassava) processing machinery in Owode-Ketu in Yewa north local government area. The project is related to procurement of cassava machineries for high quality and large quantity gari to enhance the contribution of cassava production and processing technologies to sustainable improvement in terms of food security in Ogun State, income and livelihood of the women farmers of Owode-ketu community across the cassava sector markers and processors.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE PROJECT TO INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION AND WOMEM FARMERS’ INCOME THROUGH IMPROVED CASSAVA FARMING AND PROCESSING IN OGUN STATE
The Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Lagos State whose mission is to strengthen organizations and create initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Nigeria. KIND was founded in 1996 and our target community is primarily women, a vast majority of who are between the ages of 13 – 60 years of age. KIND’s long term objectives are to foster a public environment that enables women’s public participation and also build and promote a community of women and girls with a service orientation to leadership.
KIND has worked extensively on various projects in Ogun State amongst which are:
- A Community Engagement and Public Participation Project titled Bridging the Gap between governance and citizens. The project was funded by the Social Development of Civil Society Fund of the World Bank.
- The construction of a block of 6 classrooms with 4 toilets, 2 project signboard, 150 set of desks and benches for pupils and 7 tables and 8 chairs for teachers for LGEA primary school at Imoro Ogijo in Shagamu local Government area in Ogun State. The project was executed with support from Japanese Embassy and the Adebutu Foundation in 2016.
KIND’s CURRENT MISSION IN OGUN STATE
KIND seeks to improve the cassava production of the small-scale women farmers in Ogun State by empowering them with modern types of machinery for processing of cassava products across the entire value chain and to reduce post-harvest losses by linking small holder farmers to the processing centre.
To achieve this, in 2017, KIND obtained a N23.8 million grant from the Japanese Embassy in Nigeria and embarked on the construction of cassava processing factory in Aiyetoro Local Government Area. The factory is sited in Erinpa village. It has the capacity to produce 50 bags of processed gari in a day and the by-products could be used for fufu flour and animal feed. While the profit expected is solely for the benefit of women farmers to improve their general finances and create for them an endowment.
Erinpa Owode-Ketu Women Association at the meeting
Meeting after the signing ceremony to inform the Yewa North LGA of the starting of the project.
Front view of the building
Back view of the Building and septic tank
Vibrating sifter machine
Garri presser machine.
Cassava stainless grating machine.
Gari Frying machine