Empowering Women and Youth in Addressing the effect of Emission and Land Degradation in Mararaban Burum Community, Apo Districts, FCT Abuja
Empowering Women and Youth in Addressing the effect of Emission and Land Degradation in Mararaban Burum Community, Apo Districts, FCT Abuja
Our local communities of a population of about 5,000 are contributing to the issue of climate change, land degradation and the loss of biodiversity through their day to day activities. They are majorly farmers and also greatly depend on forest for fuel wood, fruits, medicine and other social economic needs. Need assessment was conducted by our NGO in 2012 in which representatives of the communities identified local evidence of climate change, land degradation and loss of biodiversity as follows: irregular rainfall pattern; increasing temperature within and outside the houses; outbreak of pest on farm lands; dwindling number and lack of trees for shade; loss of soil fertility; and increasing incidences of flooding. The proposed project is designed to address these challenges are construction of 50 energy saving stoves to reduce dependence of fuelwood; training of about 100 women and youths in simple organic farming methods such as mulching, composting; planting of 2,000 economic trees for regeneration and also restore aesthetics, and training of about 100 women and youths in alternative income generating activities such as soap making, sustainable gathering of non-timber forest products. There will also production of simple and easy to understand IEC materials to serve as reference for community and others

2. Key Outputs, Outcomes and Innovations
• What were the key outputs that make your project stand out and were critical to the success of the project?

The key output that makes this project stand out includes: decrease in felling down of trees and adopting new cooking fuel such as briquette production; adopting the improved cook stoves over the traditional three stone cook stoves; provision of good quality drinking water source; the beneficiaries now engage in a new sustainable irrigation farming for income generation; new business skills imparted; the community is now aware of the danger of short lived climate pollutant; and has embraced land reclamation practice; also now engage in a small scale business.

• What would you say are the key innovations that make your project stand out and were critical to successful environmental, social and economic outcomes?

The key innovate ideas were the conversion of the household such as food leftover, farm waste into slurry bio fertilizer, briquette.

• How did you engage the local community and key stakeholders to participate in the project?

? Through advocacy
? Through awareness campaign
? Through stakeholders meeting
? Through community dialogue
? Through gender Settings
? Through community sensitization /awareness creation
? Through distribution of Information communicative materials (IEC)

• What were the principal positive aspects of the project?

? From the start of the project there was total ownership by community.
? Another key positive aspect of the project was that in the past women input were not regarded /respected when it comes to decision making. But with awareness creation and during the cause of the project things have changed. Women are now involved in decision making.
? In most case the youth of the community were idle before, but now are busy doing one thing or the other.

• What were the principal deficiencies of the project?

Some of the principal decencies were access road; mobilising equipment to site especially for the land reclamation; finance etc.

• Products generated by the project: (Please list all the products generated by the project, give brief description on what, how, why, when and their uses. Give the quantity and quality of the products and any other useful information about the products. Please provide high resolution photographs of these products)

Rice; vegetables; sweat potatoes; maize; yam; okra; plantain etc.

• List and discuss any innovative idea, product, process developed during this project?
One of the innovate idea was the conversion of the farm waste into briquette, slurry bio fertilizer, manure through composting etc.

• Where applicable please provide engineering drawings and dimensions of the equipment/technology produced/used?
Environmental Impact
• What measurable impact has the project had in terms of environmental protection since the beginning of the project? Where possible, please provide statistics and numbers that document the change or impact of the project over time.

A very sharply decline in felling down of trees for firewood, and adopting briquette production; planting of new economic trees; change is the usage of the traditional three stone cook stove to an improved cook stove resulting 70 % reduction of some in the kitchen.

• What have been the secondary benefits?

The 2 hectares of land reclaimed is now a good habitat for reptiles, birds, worms, and the farm residue can be used to feed domestic animals.

• (Biodiversity) Have species, habitat or ecosystems been protected through your work? If so, please describe

The household animals feed on the residue of the farm and thereby defecate into dungs which is then used to produce slurry bio fertilizer and applied for the farmland before or after planting.

Man and Animals produce carbon-dioxide while plants absorb these carbon dioxide and releases oxygen
Man Co2 plant O2 to man

• How does your group measure the environmental impacts?
This can be measured in term of the size of the land that was completely lost to erosion and now used for sustainable farming in both seasons.

• Discuss the impact of project in the GEF focal area

Land degradation is one of the major challenges faced by rural community due to poverty and ignorance and addressing this challenges has helped the community understand the danger in engaging in activities that in the long term will affect their communities as a whole.

• State the size of land/forest restored and or protected during this project

2 hectares

• Describe (give facts and figures) the outputs on climate change achieved by the project

• Please indicate the number and hectares of Protected Areas that were positively influenced through this project

1 and about 2 hectares of land positively influenced through the project

• Please indicate the number and hectares of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas that were positively influenced through

2 hectares

• Please indicate the number and name of sustainably produced biodiversity and agro biodiversity products supported through SGP

The sustainably produced biodiversity has outnumbered, as the benefits are numerous.

• Please indicate the number and name of significant species with maintained or improved conservation status through projects

Reptiles; birds; and domestic animals

Socio-economic impacts
• What measurable change has there been in local incomes and job opportunities? (change in average household income, job creation, revenues, livelihood diversification, livelihood/income diversification, market access etc)

One of the major measurable changes within the communities is that majority of the youth were idle but with the introduction of the program, most of the youth are now engage in one small business or the other. Most the beneficiaries now engage in producing different products such as liquid soap, making bags from waste, producing slurry bio fertilizer, and producing sustainable farm products such as vegetables.

• Where possible, please provide statistics and numbers that document the change or impact of the project over time.

25% of Burum communities now engage in small business to better their livelihood at least 30% of men engage in production of slurry bio fertilizer that they sale to farms for both farming season. About 15% of the youths engage in production liquid soap, dusting powder, and vegetable that are sold on the market days. While about 10% of women engage in production of briquette for both personal consumption and for business.

• Have there been secondary benefits? (Investments in infrastructure, poverty reduction, higher awareness, etc.)


• Have revenues from the project been reinvested into school fees, hospitals, local infrastructure, etc?


Policy Impacts
• In what ways has your initiative advocated for policy change?

This initiative has advocated for policy change in doing business across the length of the country. Today, because of this initiative the community is benefiting allot from both government and private institution.

• Has there been success in influencing policy at what level (community, institution, municipal, regional) and what were the critical factors that made that success possible?

Yes, in the case of gender at community level.

• What have been the barriers and the successes removing these barriers?

Lack of awareness and the necessary resource; what brought about the change was awareness campaign and resources made available.

• Have there been any regional (subnational) or national policies or laws that were enacted or changed as a result of your project?


• (Biodiversity specific) Has your community engaged in the planning, implementation or review of National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans?


• (Climate Change specific) Has your community engaged in the planning, implementation or review of the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs)?


• Was there any special participation by women (e.g. as project proponents, implementers, beneficiaries). If yes, how vital was their participation in the project’s success?

Yes, it was very vital because they encourage the husbands, children and participated actively in the project from the start.

• Please provide any statistics on the number of women involved in the project, or the number of women benefitted by the project?

In total there were 146 women who benefited from this project directly and 5000 benefited indirectly.

• Did SGP assist grantees to acquire gender training?

• What action did SGP take to overcome gender barriers in achieving SGP project goals? In case any project created a gender issue (e.g. gender imbalance), what were those issues and what action did SGP take?

There was no gender barriers as all the community young, old, men; women were carried along from the beginning of the project. and the men treated the women with respect.

• Does SGP have a strategic partner to strengthen gender equality and gender empowerment in your projects?

We are not aware.
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Project Snapshot

Empowerment Strategy for Women and Youth Development Initiative
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 20,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mrs Nuhu Naomi
Phone: 08037865345
Email: hkgwani@gmail.com


Office/Shop 27 Mami, Lungi Barracks
Abuja , North- Central ,

SGP Country office contact

Mrs Ibironke Olubamise
Ms Rose Agbo


C/O UN House, 617/618 Diplomatic Zone, Central Business District, FCT
Abuja, West Africa, 90001