Helpful Tips for Women FarmersCasidra
Women farmers make up an estimated 60 – 80 percent of smallholder farming in sub-Saharan Africa.
However, it is estimated that only about 20 percent are land holders.
Another staggering statistic is that women farmers make up on average 43 percent of the agricultural labour in developing countries.
In some countries women farmers are the majority. Over two-thirds of employed women work in agriculture in South Asia, while in Eastern Africa over half are women farmers.
Yet, through compounding levels of exclusion it is suggested that they produce 20-30 percent less than men.
Supporting gender equality in farming
Casidra supports women farming and gender equality. It is part of our mandate, purpose and goals as an organisation.
Historically women farmers do not receive the same support as men.
They have less access to land, loans and equipment.
Women face restrictions related to their gender while also experiencing the financial struggles shared by all small-scale farmers.
Statistics show that growth in small-scale agriculture is up to two to four times more effective at reducing hunger and poverty than any other sector, and women farmers are central to this by producing food for their families and surrounding communities.
Yet not enough is currently being done globally, to ensure that they have the resources needed to improve their lives, support their families and have food security.
A stronger support-base would boost productivity, protect their rights and empower women farmers to help in the fight to reduce poverty and hunger.
Tips for women farmers
South Africa is facing a shortage of skills in the agricultural sector. Education and encouraging youth to learn more about agriculture is a challenge and this make it an even greater opportunity for more women farmers to learn the trade.
Farming success does not happen overnight. But if you are patient and willing to learn, the rewards will come.
- Risk taking
In any business calculated risks are necessary to move forward. In agriculture the risk vs. reward can be significant, however we do advocate a cautious and planned approach.
- Building a network
Farming is all about community. Build your network in your community and be involved in the local activities. Once your business grows you will need to employ more people and having a strong relationship with your community will be mutually beneficial.
- Be an entrepreneur
Farming for oneself is a business. In South Africa small businesses are the backbone and livelihood for many. Adopt an entrepreneurial spirit and never stop learning and mastering your trade.