Dear (Minister/Secretary of State/Commissioner),
You can change the lives of millions of rural African women. You can do so by simply increasing funding support for women within existing budgets for agricultural development in Africa.
Women make an enormous contribution to rural development and food production in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet African women currently receive as little as 5% of the available supports - training, access to inputs, to land, and to farm credit.
By ring-fencing funding for women, you will be giving millions of rural African women a fair deal, and also helping to increase food production in sub-Saharan Africa by up to 20%.
|Copies of this petition will be sent to: UK Minister for Overseas Development Andrew Mitchell, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Irish Overseas Development Minister Jan O'Sullivan, EU Commissioner for Overseas Development Andris Piebalgs and African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime |
Every picture tells a story. Click on THIS LINK to view a gallery of images of African women as they farm.
THE LIVES OF WOMEN IN A RURAL ZAMBIAN VILLAGE
A young journalist spent five weeks late last year living with a rural Zambian community. Her daily blog provided an insight into village life. CLICK HERE to read some of her accounts of what life is like for women in 'A Village in Africa'.
|AFRICAN WOMEN GET A RAW DEAL|
We will send copies of this petition to the decision-makers who allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for agricultural and rural development projects each year.
We will ask them to allocate a fair share of this funding to projects that support Africa's women farmers.
Together, we can make a difference.
|HERE ARE THE FACTS|
|In many sub-Saharan African countries, women do up to 80% of the farm work|
|These women often own just 1% of land, and receive as little as 5% of farm inputs and other supports.|
|If women were given equal access to inputs, studies estimate that food production would increase by 20%|
|Benefits from farming that are received by African women are more likely to be invested in family health and education.|
|Want to know more? Click on this link to view additional resources and information.|
|Meet women making a difference|
|Click on each image to view a brief video presentation|
|In Ethiopia, Amarech Doye keeps bees, rears chickens and has a growing herd of livestock. She is also chairperson of a local women's group. It all started for her with a savings and credit loan.|
|Zungrana Awaya is amongst 20 women in Dussai, Burkina Faso,who began market gardening last year. She sold vegetables, and has used the income to clothe and educate her children.|
|66-year old widow Monia Makata sold groundnuts that she grew on her farm in Western Zambia. She was offered new seed, and she used it to increase her income.|
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