Small-scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON)

A coalition of smallholder women farmer groups across Nigeria working together to promote women-friendly agricultural policies and women’s Access to land.

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. This network was started with the support of ActionAid Nigeria in August of 2012 and exists with the goal of advocating for and supporting women farmers especially those in rural areas to demand for their rights and privileges from the duty bearers while serving as vocal and visible pressure group on behalf of small holder women farmers in Nigeria. 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. 

Our Theory of Change

In bringing about change we will strengthen our cooperatives, build their capacity in advocacy and policy influencing and amplify their voices and ability to hold local, state and government officials accountable. It would also insist on fiscal policies and governance that impact on budget allocation to farming inputs and gender friendly machineries for smallholder women’s through capacity building/Sensitization of farmers on the agriculture budget processes and budget cycles, on farm discussions and Sensitization meeting with other grassroots women leaders, youth groups and community influencers on the social impact of budgeting in the community.

Agriculture & Food Security

improve the quality and quantity of agriculture in order to generate revenue that meets the need of small Holder Women Framers and build their resilience


Working to improve the inclusion and participation of small holder women farmers in policy influencing and decision making

Women's Right

empower Small Holder Women Farmers to increase their productivity wellbeing household and their communities.

Upcoming Events

Past Activities

National Dialogue with stakeholders On Gender-Responsive Agriculture Policy.

October 2022

Budget Tracking, Analysis of the National Agriculture Budget

October 2022

SWOFON Supported Recommendations To The AU On The 33rd GIMAC Conference.Ethopia Addis Ababa.

July 2022

Small-scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (Swofon) National Advocacy Forum

May 2022

Virtual Round Table Meeting On Access To Extension Services For Smallholder Women Farmers

September 2021

Regional Retirement Of The Hoe To The Museum

December 2020

National Executives Presented In The 63rd Commission On The Status Of Women CSW63 Event

March 2019

SWOFON Supported The Campaign For Women's Land Rights At The Kilimanjaro Initiative In Arusha Tanzania

October 2016