Welcome to our new series “Supporter Spotlight”, where we showcase the fantastic work our supporters are doing to further sustainable agriculture worldwide. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we take a look at the programs levelling the planting field for female farmers.
1. We Farm: How single parent Clara increased her income
Clara discovered that her cow had a mineral deficiency that was making her bones weak. Through the mobile peer-to-peer advice network We Farm, Clara was advised that she should feed the cow with feeds rich with calcium and phosphorus. Another farmer also sent Clara an SMS with advice on how to grow hydroponic fodder which could help to substitute minerals in her cow feed, at a cheaper cost. Not only did she solve her problem but also learned a new skill in the process. Read more. Continue reading
The World Economic Forum estimated last year, that a slowdown in the slow progress towards gender equality meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is “pledging for parity”, to ensure that this change happens sooner.
At Farming First, we are working to make sure the voices of women farmers are heard – from getting them onto speaker rosters at global events, to accompanying them to present at United Nations negotiations. We know that closing the gender gap in agriculture would have a remarkable impact on reducing world hunger. Check out our infographic “The Female Face of Farming” to find out how: Continue reading
Farming First was awarded ‘Best Association’ for its Female Face of Farming infographic at last night’s European Excellence Awards.
The infographic was launched in partnership with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation ahead of International Women’s Day in March.