Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Honouring women on the farm and in the studio

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, Farm Radio International has released a special issue of Barza Wire, featuring Farmer stories about what women farmers in Tanzania, Kenya, and across Africa are doing to ensure their families have enough to eat.

For women who grow cassava in Tanzania’s Pwani region, one of the main obstacles to expanding their farming operations is difficulty getting bank loans. Traditionally, women often have poorer access to land and capital than men. Farmers such as Mariam Katema say more flexible loans would allow farmers like her to thrive.

In northern Kenya, prolonged drought has worsened violence against women and girls. But a hotline for reporting attacks and legal support for victims are helping bring perpetrators to justice

The issue includes a conversation with Kawinzi Muiu, gender director at the World Food Programme. She shares her vision of women’s roles in ensuring food security for families across Africa.

And the Spotlight is a profile of a young Tanzanian woman whose determination helped her overcome the obstacles in her path to becoming a radio journalist.

Click here to read more from this issue. 

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