A pro-poor advocacy platform, Inclusion for all, has partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, in research to address financial inclusion, especially among female farmers.

During an on ‘Digital ID for the last mile – Enabling access to digital ID for rural female agricultural workers’, stakeholders discussed digital inclusion barriers faced by rural women in Nigeria’s agricultural value chain.

Speaking at the event on Wednesday in Lagos, the convener and head of I4ALL, Chinasa Collins-Ogbuo, said the I4ALL aims to use data evidence to deepen understanding of the challenges faced by impoverished populations and collaborate with multiple stakeholders to advocate for their removal.

She also said the ultimate objective was to drive increased ownership and usage of digital financial services among the most excluded groups, and reduce financial exclusion nationwide.

“We aim to cultivate a strategic platform of cross-cutting actors with a shared goal to uncover the links that exist between income level, identity ownership, and financial inclusion to identify opportunities to accelerate the pace of digital financial inclusion,” she said.

The Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz, in his keynote address, focused on the progress made in the National Identification Number enrolment in Nigeria, the challenges faced, and the approaches in consideration to overcome them.

He spoke on the importance of data evidence in shaping policies and highlighted key findings from the summary study report.

Aziz said the persistent enrolment gender gap, “Of the over 101 million registered persons to date, only 44 per cent are females despite the notion that there are more women than men.

“Flowing from the surveys and advice from I4ALL at Africa Practice, NIMC has taken some actionable steps that have profound implications on the identity project.”

Also speaking, the Head of Capacity Development, at IITA, Zaina Sore, presented the findings from the targeted research study on ‘Access to Identity, Empowerment, livelihood, and financial inclusion of rural female agricultural workers and traders in Nigeria’.

She emphasised the significance of digital identity in empowering these women and transforming their livelihoods.

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