1.Gender Action Learning System (GALS):
The Gender Action Learning System livelihood enhancing methodology programme, is a project Co-Implemented in Nigeria by Farmers Development Union (FADU) in the Cocoa value chain in Osun State, south-West Nigeria and National Association Of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) in the Rice value chain in Nasarawa State North-Central Nigeria.
GALS, a project of Women empowerment, Mainstreaming and Networking (WEMAN), Uganda, was brought into Nigeria by Oxfam Novib, Nigeria in 2011. The four year project overshot its target of 3000 direct beneficiaries and 7000 indirect beneficiaries. With recent modern developed monitoring tools, over 13000 individuals hve directly or indirectly benefitted from the project and are currently utilizing varied stratyegic planning and other livelihood enhancing GALS tools in increasing positively, their businesses, family and community relations. Women’s rights as enshrined in the universal CEDAW rights documents are now being given needed attention in the various communities. More and more individuals (Both males and females) are reporting positive changes in their living conditions after practically deploying the use of GALS tools such as Visioning, Mother Diamond, Gender Balance Tree, Win-Win tree amongst others in addressing their everyday life experiences. Success stories abound. Today, FADU has made efforts in mainstreaming GALS Methodology in selected Agricultural Depertments of tertiary institutions such as; Federal university Of Agriculture (FUNAAB) Abeokuta, Ogun state and College of Agriculture, Igboora, Oyo State.
GALS has also been mainstreamed into the Tulip KOKODOLA Cocoa revitalization project in over 50 communities of Osun and Ondo States respectively.
GALS is also a component of the Volunteers services Organisation ongoing expatriate rural life experience based project being implemented in FADU based communities utilizing its membership structure. Over 90 individuals have already benefitted. The methodology is equally mainstreamed into the NTRECO\Oxfam Novi\FADU\JDPC Fish pilot project still ongoing in Ibadan. Over 150 fish farmers have benefitted from this basic pictorial life changing practical methodology. FADU is proceeding with limited resources with an ultimate objective of reaching a sizeable number of rural folks with this life changing methodology.
FADU o!, Ajose wa ni!