Magazine article New Internationalist

Act against Hunger

Magazine article New Internationalist

Act against Hunger

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Academics have heralded the 'feminization of agriculture' as the key to feeding Africa - but empowering women farmers, and convincing the men to cede control, is not easy.

Women produce over 80 per cent of the food in Africa, yet often have no control over the sale of their crops. Family farms are seldom held in the woman's name, and they have limited access to credit, fertilizer and seeds.

The advocacy group Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) realized that the women needed a way to mobilize, to express their needs and engage their communities, so they started a programme promoting women's perspectives through theatre in Malawi. Two years on, 10,000 people have watched the performances, including members of parliament and representatives from NGOs and farmers' groups. …

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