...Ad­vises women to work from their homes

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Asked on ad­vice to other women farm­ers and how best to em­power women to have a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive in or­der to be suc­cess­ful in agri­cul­ture, Motsa noted that there was a need to en­cour­age women to es­tab­lish busi­nesses in their homes.

She said she had seen groups of women she is work­ing with in the area who are rais­ing in­dige­nous chick­ens and con­cluded that they need ad­vice.

“What I en­cour­age is for women to be within the set­ting of their home and bring busi­ness to their home be­cause women have sev­eral tasks.

Women mul­ti­task a lot when she is in the home she can man­age the farm or gar­den, look af­ter school go­ing chil­dren, and take care of her fam­ily at the same time. The in­come gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties or projects and busi­nesses should be brought home,” she pleaded.

Motsa said it was un­healthy and caused a lot of so­cio eco­nomics prob­lems for women to leave their homes and work to earn mea­gre salaries in the firms while leav­ing their chil­dren.

The min­istry of agri­cul­ture ad­mits that women are cen­tral to agri­cul­ture and make a strong con­tri­bu­tion to food se­cu­rity and nu­tri­tion at both the house- hold and com­mu­nity lev­els as they are said to make up al­most half of the agri­cul­tural labour force in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

How­ever, their pro­duc­tion is lim­ited by bar­ri­ers in­clud­ing fi­nance, in­puts, ex­ten­sion ser­vices and land rights. Motsa con­curs that agri­cul­tural skills, knowl­edge and en­cour­age­ment should be given to daugh­ters from a young age to help change out-dated so­cial struc­tures and cul­tural norms.

New tech­nolo­gies and train­ing are crit­i­cal for women farm­ers to be able to build re­silience in the face of cli­mate change.

Some of cat­tle found in the feed­lot.

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