Empowered green livelihoods in Nigeria

In February 2024, WECF, represented by Director of the Netherlands Christy Aikhorin and Project Officer Laura Bernard, went to Nigeria for the second General Assembly of the INCiTiS-FOOD project, which took place in Ibadan. This trip was also the opportunity to meet WEP partners, namely Executive Director Anne-Marie Abaagu and Deputy Executive Director John Baaki. To read more, check the excellent article written by WEP.

Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) is a programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which strives for inclusive forest governance in compliance with human rights’ standards. It focuses on the involvement and decision-making of Indigenous and local communities, especially women. GLA intends to contribute to strengthening accountability systems for harmful actions infringing on human rights, forests, and biodiversity. It does this by supporting advocacy and lobby initiatives in country partners. Active in 11 countries since 2021, GLA adopts a multi-level approach actively engaging from civil society organisations to grassroot communities. GLA is an alliance of Gaia Amazonas, IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, NTFP-EP, SDI and Tropenbos International, with WECF and FERN as technical partners. WECF works closely with the Global Forest Coalition to mainstream gender and intersectionality within the GLA Theory of Change.

Two members of the Organic Farmers Association of Nigeria, with their daily harvest (photo credit: WECF)

Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is a partner organisation of WECF. It is a non-profit organisation based in Abuja, Nigeria, active since 1997 and known for its gender-transformative approaches to climate, conflict, and governance challenges in the country. With a focus on women, youth action and empowerment, WEP champions gender justice, advocating for fair and sustainable future for all.

WECF International Director Christy Aikhorin, the WEP team and members of the Organic Farmers Association of Nigeria, Oyo Chapter. The picture was taken on the land plot at the University of Ibadan (photo credit: WECF)