Women in agriculture calls for enhanced action to boost small scale agribusiness
Rural women agriculture sub sector they have limited opportunities for income generation due to limited access to production resources and services.
Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) and partners have called for government and private sector action to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovation to small scale Farmers to enable them to utilize the opportunities and access technology, and information in farming as a business.
The women in agriculture under ESAFF have also expressed concern that though women play a vital role in rural agriculture sub sector they have limited opportunities for income generation due to limited access to production resources and services.
ESAFF, in partnership with OXFAM convened the 3rd Women in agriculture conference on 25th November 2021 virtually and physically at Eureka place hotel to discuss opportunities and constraints women face while practicing farming as a business and document a women’s voice to contribute to policy influencing strategy for women in agriculture.
The theme of the conference was: “Tracking progress of women small scale farmers in farming as a business and it’s implications to national transformation”
Joel Nanyunja from Slow Food Uganda, called for enhance action by stakeholders to enhance participation of women small scale farming.
She also called for reduction of the burden off care for women and challenge negative social norms and male interventions to empower women in farming.
“We should have interventions spearheaded by men to support empowerment of women. We can establish and strengthen men action groups that support women empowerment” she said.
Susan Nakacwa from Grain said that women need to be supported to register their seeds for quality because women are the custodian of seeds and are involve in the storage, selection, seed sharing.
ESAFF is a farmer led movement influencing favorable agricultural related policies and practices