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The importance of women farmers
Women make up two thirds of the global agricultural workforce and produce 50% of the world’s food. Concern Worldwide knows that women who farm play a vital role in their communities. These women tell us their stories.
Jillo lost her livestock to drought:
I was divorced and left with five children and I had to find a way of making a living. I burned charcoal and borrowed money.
Concern’s farming programme in Kenya enabled Jillo to grow an abundance of crops:
I have really benefited from the programme…Now I have vegetables to add to my family’s meals. I never get tired of working on my plot and I have a lot of food.
It made a huge difference in the production of my farmland. I used to just harvest five quintals and now the minimum is 10. We now eat three meals a day and I am in a better situation.
I grow food here on our land but we have always struggled to make any money. I have had to work on other people’s land to make any income.
She is now participating in a farmer field school run by Concern in Mozambique.
My life was not good before, but now I am much more independent. In the past we didn’t even have enough to buy clothes – now things are a lot better.
There was a time when life was not like this [in South Sudan]. I used to just gather wild fruits or fire wood but now we have all these vegetables. We have food to eat and a small amount to sell. I am now able to make nursery beds and I am familiar with different crops that I didn’t know about before. We didn’t have them before and now we can grow them ourselves.
These women are the key to providing food for their families; building livelihoods and enriching their communities. With your support, we can make sure that more female farmers have the tools, training and supplies needed for agricultural success.
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