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History of the Organization

Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) was established in June 1993 was incorporated with the Kano state Government as a community Development Association in 1995 and later registered with the corporate affairs commission in 2004. With its headquarters in Kano, WOFAN partners and works with a mobilized, registered multipurpose cooperatives, CBOS, community service groups, private sectors, research institutions towards achieving a holistic development of the people.

Over 1500 women, men and youth groups located in many local government areas (LGAs) across 5 Northern States have formed the collative working groups of WOFAN of which each group has 20-30 members

 

Primary Activities

WOFAN has a number of core activities it pursues in support of its mission statement, goal and objectives. These areas:

Training its target groups across a wide range of matters, including: leadership development, Advocacy,   business management, agriculture, value chain  & food processing,  preservation, water and soil conservation, sustainable environment & climate change adaptation, improved agricultural technology, HIV/AIDS & health awareness programmes , Child care development,   civic and political participation;

 

Approach

WOFAN is participatory and responsive in its approach. It works at the community level, with self – selection groups.

WOFAN through the use of PRA/PLA exercise, assists rural groups to identify  their needs and draw up action plans for intervention. Each group chooses its own leaders, including president, secretary and treasurer, and it is responsible for implementing WOFAN-assisted projects. In each community, there are at least two committees as explained below under management and organizational structure.

Each WOFAN field staff manages at least 20 rural group leaders and the leaders in turn manage 30 members each as a peer learning session. They meet their groups twice a month during the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) meeting where   decisions taken at the community level are translated to projects and policies at the organizational level.

 
Membership

Membership in WOFAN is open to individuals and groups who believe in the organization’s vision, goal and objectives and are willing to work together for their own development.

WOFAN generally involves the household in its activities with the aim of improving gender relations by encouraging the involvement of men and women in project intervention at all levels. Within WOFAN, groups form themselves, ranging in size from 10 to 30.  The groups which are mainly  unisex with members involved  in similar economic activities started with 50 groups as of  1998, 150 groups in 2000, expanded to 250 groups in 2003, 500 groups in 2009 when it commenced the USAID water project and has attained a level of 1500 functional groups in 5 Northern states of Nigeria by 2015.  Presently, the 1500 rural groups have about 75% as  women groups and 25% are  male  and youth groups, registered with WOFAN and their various state cooperatives or community development units of their LGAs. 

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To benefit from the services of WOFAN, a community group must be together for a minimum of six months and demonstrate good leadership and unity within themselves. During this period, group members would have undergone some training to build their capacity.

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Though WOFAN’s strength is in building the capacities of the rural women groups, 25% of its support goes to supporting, leadership and group dynamics, support to  vulnerable groups and children as well as youth and girls child oriented organizations,  to  assist them take lead on issues that affect them and improve their  wellbeing in addition to building good gender relations to promote  economic and political empowerment.

 

WOFAN groups are mostly illiterates who are helped to attain literacy during the course of its projects with them. In recognition of this, WOFAN has designed a curriculum called the “community women curriculum” which is a functional literacy program to be completed within two years. Also included in this is training on basic health issues, vocational/ skills acquisition, agriculture and nutrition trainings,   good governance, economic empowerment and information and communication management.

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