Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Monday October 27, 2014 (originally published 23 Oct) Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that […]

Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Climate change hits [women] banana farmers

Clayton Masekesa – The Zimbabwean – Monday October 13, 2014 (originally published 8 Oct) A swiftly shifting landscape in rural Honde Valley has changed the lives of many women – especially those who are small-scale banana farmers and who depend, almost exclusively, on rainfall for their water supply. In an interview with The Zimbabwean last […]

Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa

Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa

Aira Kalela – Responding to Climate Change – Tuesday, 05 August 2014 (originally published 4 Aug) Climate change will increase inequality between men and women without action, says Finland’s former climate chief. Integrating a gender approach in the new climate agreement will be vital to provide the legal base for promoting gender responsive climate action […]

Garden screens making life easier for Kenyan women

Garden screens making life easier for Kenyan women

TC Media – Guardian Charlottetown – Thursday, 04 June 2014 (originally published 02 Jun) For women in eastern Kenya, a screen around their garden is helping to make life better. The women started to grow more appropriate varieties of maize and beans that matured in a shorter season and with less rain. Farmers Helping Farmers […]

India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

Stella Paul for Global Press Institute – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Hyderabad, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: Bujjiamma Begary, 27, can finally afford to eat vegetables again. “For nearly five years, all I could afford was rice and a thin red gram [pigeon pea] soup because I didn’t have the money to buy fresh vegetables, which have become […]

[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

Clayton Masekesa – Zimbabwean – Thursday, 01 May 2014 (originally published 29 Apr) For many years Lucia Makawa, 43, has been deprived of the right to land of her own due to cultural practices. This widowed mother of five children has been looked down upon and ill-treated as she tried to voice her concerns about […]

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Nirit Ben-Ari – SpyGhana – Tuesday, 08 April 2014 (originally published 06 Apr) Do land, seeds and crops havea gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture […]

[Japan] Women’s group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

[Japan] Women’s group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

Keisuke Iwata – Japan Times – Friday, 28 March 2014 (originally published 24 Mar) It was the taste of fresh tomatoes, corn and figs delivered from her father that persuaded Nahoko Niwa to wind up her eventful urban life and become a farmer. The freshness and taste of local produce is also what led the […]

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

IRIN – UN Humanitarian news & analysis – WNN – WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) Maradi/Diffa, NIGER, WESTERN AFRICA: Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses – chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds – which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty. James Litzinger, an agricultural specialist […]

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