By Chinyere Anyanwu                                   


At least 500 smallholder women farmers in Calabar South, Cross River State, have received a donation of over 500 bags of fertiliser and some farming tools to enhance  their productivity and food availability in the state. 

The Rise and Thrive Humanitarian Foundation made the donation recently during “A Blessing to Humanity Outreach” it organised as part of its social responsibility projects.

The items comprising about 577 bags of 5kg urea fertiliser, shovels, matchetes, hoes, cutlasses and large size umbrellas were donated to the vegetable farmers at Airport Signal Field in Calabar South.

Speaking during the outreach, Director and Founder of the foundation, Cleo Nelson-Adoga, said God sent them to help alleviate the challenges faced by the farmers.

She said they conducted an assessment and found out that the women needed the items and so they decided to intervene. Nelson-Adoga said, “we are trying to help the helpless and give back to the society. We will be distributing fertilisers and farm tools and also giving them light by sharing the word of God to ensure that their lives are changed.

“There is so much hardship in the world and this is our way of making things a bit light for these people.

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“The women informed us that they need fertiliser because this is dry season and the fertiliser will help their crops blossom. So we decided to help in that area,” she said.

She said the foundation had taken time out to collect some relevant data of the beneficiaries and hoped to follow up with the women. 

Nelson-Adoga said they were happy to put smiles on the faces of the farmers and impact their lives positively.

She advised the women to continue staying close to God, keep the faith and always believe in God.

The President of the New Airport Women Farmers Association, Arit Okon John, welcomed donation and said it would impact tremendously on their yield.

Also speaking, Patricia David, a pumpkin and waterleaf farmer, said she thought it was a story, but she came, witnessed it and it’s real.

She said the foundation has done something phenomenal for the women and their output this dry season would be great.