Encouraging women to farm is not just a strategic requirement for sustainable development, food security, and economic progress, but it is also an issue of gender equality. Individuals, communities, and society as a whole gain from women’s empowerment in agriculture.
Given how important it is to give women the tools, information, and chances they need to succeed as farmers and agricultural leaders, Agri Enterprises has created a programme specifically for women in agriculture.
Stories to tell
Banelise Mhlangu, Agri Enterprises’s rural development coordinator, and Nokukhanya Cele, spokesperson for the Imisebe Agri Services, opened up about the dynamic women participating in the programme and how it has helped them grow in business.
“There are about 60 participants each with their unique story to tell. We got a rich mix of farmers and entrepreneurs,” says Mhlangu.
Women who are proudly in the livestock, crop, and poultry business are taking a giant leap of faith as fairly new businesswomen in the sector and nothing is stopping them from achieving their goals.
“Being a woman and being on the farm, which is a male-dominated space, people don’t take you seriously for some weird reason. To go into farming requires a lot of manpower and being a jack of all trades,” says Cele.
In this episode, they also discuss:
- Success stories from the programme;
- Skills and training provided through the programme; and
- Economic benefits female farmers experience.
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