The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on government to ensure that suitably qualified rural women farmers are placed at the apex of agricultural research and scientific innovation, to achieve sustainable development and economic growth in the agricultural sector.
"Women remain marginalised in the areas of technology and innovation that supports smallholder farming. Women are still grossly under-represented at policy-making level in agricultural production research and in institutions that teach science, technology and inoculation," said IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL.
"We really need to drive change and involve more women in decision-making. Women are a critical component in unlocking KZN's potential, but I really wonder why KZN women are talked about all over in agriculture, with very few occupying decision-making positions. If we do not pay attention to women, they will be easily forgotten and their potential will be lost. Noting that the failure to connect agriculture and nutrition is a result of the long marginalisation of women voices, there is need for women's voices in nutrition, mechanisation and finances," continued Mr Msimango.
"Government must ensure that women have access to finances to advance agriculture. We also call for more investments and support of young girls in agricultural research. In order to awaken the people, it is the women who have to be given opportunities. Once women are on the move, the family moves, the village moves, the nation moves," concluded Msimango.
The IFP urges local research institutions to provide technological support to women in agriculture to help unleash their full potential and boost the country's agricultural production.
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango,MPL,
IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, 074 259 0820
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