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African Women Key in Green Revolution

Wezi Tjaronda – New Era (Namibia) – Mon 16 Feb, 2008

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Namibia women farmers. Image: New Era

WINDHOEK – African governments should focus on the needs of women farmers as they embark on the Green Revolution in Africa, experts at the just ended High Level Meeting on African Agriculture have said.

Women in Africa make up between 70 and 80 percent of food processors, yet they lack access to finance, education, land and rights.

Although they are key for programmes on agriculture productivity to succeed, their participation in decision-making has for long been neglected, according to Chairperson of the 17th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Gerda Verburg. She was speaking on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the High Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges, Making Sustainable Green Revolution”. . .

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Renewed focus on women who farm

Megan Rowling (Reuters) – International Herald Tribune – 29 Dec, 2008

 woman cooking in Lipunga, Malawi. Women in Africa often bear the burden of farming to feed their families, while men tend to raise cash crops or leave for work in the cities. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

A woman cooking in Lipunga, Malawi. Women in Africa often bear the burden of farming to feed their families, while men tend to raise cash crops or leave for work in the cities. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

LONDON: Like many other African women, Mazoe Gondwe is her family’s main food provider. Lately, she has struggled to farm her plot in Malawi as the unpredictability of rain makes her hard life even tougher.

“Now we can’t just depend on rain-fed agriculture, so we plant two crops – one watered with rain and one that needs irrigating,” she explained. “But irrigation is back-breaking and can take four hours a day.”

Gondwe, who was flown by the development agency ActionAid to Poland for UN talks on climate change this month, said she wanted access to technology that would cut the time it took to water her crops and till her garden. She would also be glad of help in improving storage facilities and seed varieties.

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