A new networking group for women in Zimbabwe, the African Women in Animal Resource Farming and Agribusiness (AWARFA), has issued a call notifying the government that it is critical to unleashing the capacity of women to allow effective participation in modernizing the agricultural sector towards the path of enhanced resilience, improved food security and poverty reduction.
The call was made during the launch of the women’s network which was officiated by the deputy minister for Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Vangelis Haritatos, and the National Veterinary Services Chief Director, Dr. Josphat Nyika.
The National Chairperson of the AWARFA group, Ms. Jacqueline Gowe, speaking during the launch at a local hotel in Harare, noted that for a long-time woman have faced challenges in the agricultural sector despite forming the backbone of livestock value chains in the country.
“Our biggest challenge is land to do the various farming projects we may intend to do be it individually or as a group. Therefore, we appeal to Government to support us” she said.
The Organization, AWARFA, has been registered in trust since its inception in 2018 and part of its key functions has been to mobilize local women to build their capacities, to improve their performance and enable them to participate better in farming – with a focus on the livestock sector.