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 […]

REWARD empowers refugee women with HIV in Rwanda

REWARD empowers refugee women with HIV in Rwanda

UN Women for WNN – Science & Health (WNN/UNW) RWANDA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are cultivating mushrooms and tomatoes, learning about business and agriculture and pooling their funds along with combating social stigma and confronting gender-based violence. “I was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. I became infected while in the camp,” says Angelique, a mother of […]

International Women face Maternity Protection Discrimination

International Women face Maternity Protection  Discrimination

Lisa Schlein for VA – WNN Science & Health Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: A new report by the International Labor Organization finds the large majority of women workers, at least 830 million, does not have adequate maternity protection and continue to face discrimination in the labor market. Despite progress in maternity protection, ILO officials say […]

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/UN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Giving women access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals is essential to ensure war-torn countries can achieve long-term peace, according to a United Nations report recently released on November 6, 2013. “At a practical level, women form the […]

Tonota women pioneer coffee farming in Botswana

Tonota women pioneer coffee farming in Botswana

Pini Bothoko – The Monitor – Tuesday 13 August, 2013 (originally published August 12) TONOTA: Two women in Tonota are successfully pioneering coffee farming in Botswana [Southern Africa]. Elizabeth Selogelo 58 and Motlalepula Raditshaba 57 are in their second season of commercial coffee farming after planting last year. The two have been farmers since their […]

Supporters & non-supporters disagree on the edge of GM food technology in Africa

Supporters & non-supporters disagree on the edge of GM food technology in Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) London, England, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Spikes in food prices and extreme climatic events have threatened global food security in recent years, raising concerns about humanity’s ability to feed its growing population. These fears prompted scientists from the Royal Society to propose in 2009 the ‘sustainable intensification’ (SI) of agriculture. The term […]

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