women

Celebrating Women Leadership in The Farm Forestry Sector: Case story of the Mt. Elgon and Meru County, Kenya

Janephrice Talian is the Cheptais Community Forest Association’s chairperson, which serves thousands of residents around Mt. Elgon. The group has 3,200 members spread around Mt. Elgon and organized into 43 registered user groups. The user groups engage in 11 different value chains, including beekeeping, poultry, herbal medicine, eco-tourism, dairy, fodder production, grazing, tree nursery, cultural services, and agroforestry, among other activities. These activities are included in the currently active Participatory

Julieth Muunga, runner-up for the 2022 Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio

At Radio Maria in Tanzania, Julieth Muunga is the sole presenter and producer of a 30-minute program called Jinsia na Maendeleo (Gender and Development), which was named the runner-up for the 2022 Liz Hughes Award for Her Farm Radio. Ms. Muunga started broadcasting in 2007 as a volunteer at two different radio stations while studying for a university certificate in Journalism at the University of Dar es Salaam. When she began her

[SAVE THE DATE] Webinar - Cycle of exchanges: rural women and cooperativism

The WRF, together with six participating member organisations, will organise the first seminar of the series Rural Women and Cooperativism on 24 March, 2022. Three experiences of women’s farming groups or cooperatives in Africa, South America and Asia will be presented. The Rural Women and Cooperativism virtual exchange cycle aims to promote the catalytic role of association and cooperativism in the economic empowerment and resilience building of rural women. It

Patricia Kasoki, one of three winners of the 2022 George Atkins Communications Award

Patricia Kasoki is a proactive, dynamic broadcaster at Radio communautaire et environnementale de Kanyabayonga (RCEKA-FM) in North Kivu, DRC, where she has worked for two years. Ms. Kasoki is curious by nature, with a passion for working with local communities, and says this is what motivated her to begin broadcasting. She is also a self-proclaimed feminist activist, and before beginning her own programs, she was often invited by other stations

Radio Média + CI Bouaké, winner of the 2022 Liz Hughes award for Her Farm Radio

Women in leadership is an important theme for International Women’s Day and beyond. It’s also a topic that Radio Média + CI Bouaké in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire touches on each week in their Leadership au feminin (Female Leadership) program, which is dedicated to women and attempts to break down gender stereotypes. The weekly 30-minute program is produced by presenter Eunice Collé, journalist Eugène Kouadio, producer Epiphanie Kiffi, technician Esther Aké, and director

African Women Speak Out for Agroecology

To mark International Women’s Day 2022 with its theme Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow, the African Women’s Collaborative for Healthy Food Systems has shared an article entitled “African Women Speak Out for Agroecology.” This grew out of a storytelling project in five African countries and is a useful resource for celebrating the contribution of peasant and indigenous women to healthy food systems in Africa. The Collaborative is a

Ghana women farmers partner to build a soapmaking business

Farmers organizations have improved entrepreneurial skills and financial management skills for farmers Farmers in Adansi South, a forested district of Ghana, known for their production of rice, cassava, plantain, maize and vegetables, used to make little profit from their farms, due to little or no access to market opportunities. To improve the farmers’ livelihoods, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme through the Kokoo Pa Farmers Association has given the

A young Ghanaian woman earning a living from shea products

Rita Adibamoli is a 24-year-old Ghanaian woman from Kasena Nankana Abarjawe district of Ghana who has made a good livelihood from soap-making with shea product. In Kasena Nankana Baobab Cooperative Union (KANBAOCU), FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) initiative funded a training for young people to develop skills in making soap from shea and to encourage entrepreneurship. This is how Rita gained the knowledge and interest to use soap making

Rural women's statement on zero hunger mission

Rural women in Senegal have commited to take action to address hunger in their communities. On Oct. 15 and 15, the International Day of Rural Women & World Food Day, respectively, women from the two organizations representing farmers in Senegal and West Africa, respectively met to discuss the current crisis. The Conseil National de Concertation et de Coopération des Ruraux (CNCR) and ROPPA (Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs

Women farmers create a cooperative to alleviate poverty

It is called ‘Association des Filles de Séguélendom réunies au sein de la Coopérative Agro-pastorale’ best known with acronym – AFISE COOP-SA. This initiative, which aims to improve the well-being of members, is based in Séguélendom, a village located 307 km from Yaoundé in the Doumaintang Subdivision of the Upper Nyong Division in the East region of Cameroon. The idea of ​​a grouping arose from an observation of idleness in