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WEP TRAINS FARMING COMMUNITIES ON THE PRODUCTION OF ORGANIC PESTICIDE

Farmers from Dobi and Pagadna communities in Gwagwalada have undergone a training on the production of organic pesticide organized by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) as part of activities on the Global Environment Facility – Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) funded project “Controlling Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides Use through Organic Farming in Dobi and Padgana Communities in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, FCT”. The project is aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture and combating climate change through the adoption of organic farming practices in the farming communities.

Farming in Dobi and Pagadna communities is characterized by heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Unfortunately, pesticides and chemical fertilizers contain Persistent Organic Pollutant (POPs) which are detrimental to humans and the environment. The confirmed use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides portend danger to the soil, biodiversity and health of members of the target communities as many studies have shown.

The goal of the training is to facilitate the adoption of organic farming practices in the communities. We hope to stop/reduce the use of hazardous chemicals for farming thereby reducing their release into the environment in the target communities in so doing, improving human and environmental health.

Organic materials used for the production of pesticide include: Neem leaves & seeds, onions, pepper and local black soap. The farming community was enthusiastic about ditching chemicals for a more environmental and health friendly method of farming that saves cost and adds more value to farm produce.

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WEP’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECEIVES ANOTHER AWARD AT THE HIGH LEVEL SYMPOSIUM ON SDG 6

 

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The Executive Director, Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Priscilla Achakpa, has received another award in addition to her catalogues of awards.

This award was presented to her during the High Level Symposium on SDG 6 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which held from 9th – 11th August, 2016. Over a thousand people including government officials, water policy experts, businesses, and civil society representatives gathered to discuss how to implement SDG 6.

This award is in recognition of her laudable contributions at national, regional and global levels to ensuring that no one is left behind in access to water and sanitation.

Priscilla Achakpa

Priscilla Achakpa is an Ashoka Fellow, and currently the National Coordinator, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Nigeria; and the Regional Focal Point, West and Central Africa for GEF-CSOs Network.

Nominations for The Earthshot Prize

We are delighted to announce our role as Nominator on the Earthshot Prize Council to facilitate the search and selection process for the first winners of the most prestigious global environment prize in history. The Earthshot Prize Council is a global list of influential individuals from a wide range of different sectors, all of whom are committed to championing positive action in the environmental space. 

The Earthshot Prize is centered around five Earthshots which aim to inspire innovation and support those who come up with the brightest ideas to save our planet. This new global prize for the environment will incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years – a critical decade for the Earth. 

Nominators have been invited to officially submit nominations of those individuals, communities, businesses and organisations whose solutions make the most progress towards achieving simple but ambitious goals which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all and for generations to come. The five Earthshots include:

1. Protect and restore nature.

2. Clean our air.

3. Revive our oceans.

4. Build a waste-free world.

5. Fix our climate. 

Through this platform, five winners will be awarded one million pounds prize each year between 2021 and 2030 while providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems.  

The search is on. If you know any incredible work being done by the category listed above, kindly contact us or share such information with us via email

Info@wepnigeria.net

Wep2002@hotmail.com 

For more information about the nomination and selection process of the award, visit earthshotprize.org 

WEP ESTABLISHES SOLAR-POWERED DIGITAL CREATIVE LABS IN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Lack of skills coupled with the absence of opportunities for growth and development is a catalyst to violent extremism in communities. Young boys and girls without sustainable expertise and abilities are susceptible to be lured into perpetrating criminal and violent acts. As part of efforts to cushion the aggravation of young children in communities being radicalized and recruited into violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has established Solar-powered Digital/Creative Computer Laboratories in secondary schools across Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and kwande LGAs of Benue state.
                                 
This intervention is funded by Global Community for Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) on her PVE project “Connecting Women and Children in Violent Extremist prone areas through empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II”. The aim of these laboratories is to reduce the vulnerability of young boys and girls succumbing to violent extremist groups. It is expected that these facilities will harness the skill set of students in secondary schools and also offer computer skills, knowledge and training to them in a way that renders them useful to themselves and their communities while they are in and out of school. We believe enhanced skills will better the prospects of these young children and makes them less liable to recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism.
                           
                           

WEP SETS UP MENTORSHIP GROUPS FOR YOUTHS IN BENUE COMMUNITIES

Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is building the capacities of young men and women to become more resilient to radicalization to violent extremism by enhancing their sense of belonging and self-worth. WEP is effectively instilling a sense of purpose and providing guidance to these youths through monthly mentorship sessions in their communities.

            These meetings provide a platform for mentees to engage, learn, share knowledge and experiences from their everyday lives. They are imparted with skills and knowledge to build a purposeful life and cope with daily challenges. Participants are mentored to highly value diversity, unity and social justice in community development and nation building. We expect that these youths will be resistant to promote or perpetrate violence acts.

                                 

This mentorship programme is part of WEP’s intervention under the project “Connecting Women and Youth in Violent Extremist Prone Areas Through Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II” being implemented in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state with funding from Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).

                          

WEP ESTABLISHES PEACE CLUBS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The prevalent level of crime, violence and terrorism across the country today is a great concern. Insecurity has devastating impacts on community life particularly as peace is a prerequisite for development and social change. The porous state of existing security structures and the inadequacy of peace builders are continually fostering violence extremism in communities.
In line with her mandate to build safer and peaceful communities, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) is nurturing young boys and girls as peace ambassadors to advocate for peace within and outside their communities. These young children are being trained on peace building in Peace Clubs set up in their schools. They are imparted with knowledge on lasting solutions to resolving conflicts. The peace clubs are expected to equip school children with the requisite attitude and skill to fight crime, shun violence, promote peace and resist extremist ideologies.
These peace clubs are running in various secondary schools across Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state. This initiative is an intervention under the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) funded PVE project “Connecting Women and Children in Violent Extremist prone areas through empowerment and Skills Acquisition Phase II”

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) MECHANISMS

Existing conflicts are prominent drivers of violence extremism. Extremist groups are known to leverage on grievances from existing conflicts within and outside communities to gain access and recruit members to violent sects to cause unrest.

In order to strengthen resilience to radicalization and recruitment to violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has built the capacities of locals from various communities in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state to resolve disputes without them escalating into violent confrontations that violent extremist groups can latch on to perpetrate violence and recruit young women and young men into their ranks. These Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms trainings highlighted the effectiveness of negotiation/mediation in resolving issues like land disputes, communal conflicts and border disputes without necessarily seeking litigation or starting conflicts.

            

Participants of these trainings comprised of local government administrators and traditional rulers. These trainings are a part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Benue state.

                 

 

 

WEP ORGANISES INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON PREVENTING VIOLENCE EXTREMISM IN BENUE COMMUNITIES

Over the years, there have been increased violent conflicts ranging from herdsmen & farmers clashes to kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, communal and inter-religious clashes with thousands of vulnerable population members killed and displaced without means of survival. These rampant acts of violence extremism and terrorism have affected mostly women, children, the aged and persons with special needs. The absence of peace resulting from these crises has caused huge imbalances in access to social, cultural, political, economic and development opportunities in several communities within Benue State.

     

In a bid to curb violent conflicts, build safer communities and prevent the spread of violent extremism, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) under her Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) funded PVE intervention in Benue state organized Interfaith Dialogues on Peace and PVE across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue state. These discussions featuring religious heads and believers from all faith were held in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Kwande and Logo LGAs.

         

The purpose of these meetings was to identify causes of inter-religious conflicts and enlighten participants on the need to co-exist and unite in tackling violence in their communities. At the end of the dialogue sessions, viable support structures were built across religious lines to strengthen and solidify peace in the communities.

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITIES ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY POLICING

Bringing law enforcement authorities and the public together to identify and address crime is paramount in the prevention of crime and violence in communities. This relationship between officers and locals has been fostered by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) through workshops on Community Policing and Neighbourhood Watch Best Practices. These trainings which involved community members and security agents across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue State are part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in the state.

The trainings are aimed at strengthening the capacities of communities to collaborate with security agencies through their security structures to address their security challenges, and also patrol regularly and engage with residents and strangers alike, instead of responding to crime only when it occurs thus entrenching community policing. Participants have been equipped with knowledge requisite for aiding investigation, reporting crime and the formation watch groups with maximum respect for human rights. The benefiting Local Government Areas are Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Kwande and Logo.

     

WEP TRAINS COMMUNITIES ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY POLICING

Bringing law enforcement authorities and the public together to identify and address crime is paramount in the prevention of crime and violence in communities. This relationship between officers and locals has been fostered by Women Environmental Programme (WEP) through workshops on Community Policing and Neighbourhood Watch Best Practices. These trainings which involved community members and security agents across six (6) Local Government Areas of Benue State are part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in the state.

The trainings are aimed at strengthening the capacities of communities to collaborate with security agencies through their security structures to address their security challenges, and also patrol regularly and engage with residents and strangers alike, instead of responding to crime only when it occurs thus entrenching community policing. Participants have been equipped with knowledge requisite for aiding investigation, reporting crime and the formation watch groups with maximum respect for human rights. The benefiting Local Government Areas are Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Kwande and Logo.