Goloka use for database for Small Scale Women Farmers in Nigeria

Case Study

Our Client:

The Small Scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON) is a coalition of over 500,000 Women Farmers Assoc Associations and Groups across 36 states in Nigeria with support from the International Budget Partnership is partnering with Dataphyte in building a database for small scale women farmers with hyperlocal data on agriculture efforts.

Nigerian agricultural labour force is dominated by women farmers, they constitute over 70 percent of the entire agricultural labour force and are involved in almost every aspect of the agricultural value chain. Our goal is to Spur Rural Village Economic Development, Increase Food Production Through Capacity Building of Smallholder Women Farmers, innovative technology driven solutions, financial inclusion, Climate resilience and Agroecology, Budget tracking and monitoring of public government expenditure vis a vis the Maputo/Malabo declaration.  We are poised to building a collective voice for all smallholder women farmers associations to express their needs to policymakers and other development stakeholders, broker public-private partnerships, leverage on digital development financing, climate change/green economy and empower women economic empowerment of smallholder women farmers across different value chains in Nigeria. 

The Problem and Impact:

Nigeria’s budget credibility still faces significant challenges, and its pace towards achieving the SDG goals is largely stagnating or decreasing. Data says Nigeria is unlikely to achieve the SDG goals by 2030. SDGs like Zero Hunger and Gender Equality, which directly concern sectors like agriculture and gender, often suffer significantly from government spending priorities. These sectors receive a very small percentage of the national budget, and budget implementation is poor, meaning the already small investments in sectors like agriculture are not even fully realised. 

The intersectionality of the two sectors highlighted is evident, given that women comprise 70% of farmers in the country. Deliberate investment in one sector could improve outcomes in the other. Good data is essential to enhancing policy formulation and implementation interventions and ensuring that the targeted beneficiaries benefit from these interventions. 

Beyond the figure “70%”, who are these women farmers? What do they produce? What are the sizes of their farms, and where are they located? Dataphyte proposes to do a data collection exercise of members of the Smallholder Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON).

The Solution:

Dataphyte will partner with SWOFON and its secretariats or local posts across all the 774 local governments in Nigeria to collect data from SWOFON members in each local government. Phase 2 will happen in two stages that will run concurrently. The first stage is manual data collection, where the SWOFON representatives will use hardcopy forms to collect the data from the members.

These SWOFON local government officers who signed up as agents on the Goloka platform will then execute the second stage, which is inputting the data collected from the field onto the Goloka database. These two stages will happen concurrently, as agents must do daily uploads on the Goloka platform after each collection exercise. 

Real-time data collection and verification: Goloka, Dataphyte’s data collection solution, to gather on-the-ground information relating to agriculture, smallholder women farmers and socioeconomic impacts of climate and agriculture

Dashboard integration - we will build a SWOFON database and dashboard to present key visual data in an easy-to-digest form for various users. The dashboard will be integrated into the SWOFON website.

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