SACAU - Regional Women Farmers' Forum

SACAU recognises and acknowledges that equal participation of women, men and youth in agriculture and its related structures is vital to the development of the sector. This is evidenced in SACAU’s strategic framework which identi­fies gender as one of the focus areas under the capacity development pillar.

Additionally, at its 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lesotho, SACAU members adopted gender position statement that among other things, are aimed at promoting women economic empowerment through various approaches such as training, mentorship and profi­ling of success stories of women farmers.

A number of interventions have been implemented by SACAU to understand the challenges faced by women; and their role and participation in leadership structures of farmers’ organisations (FOs).

One of such intervention was undertaken in Malawi, Madagascar, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe of the region with participation of SACAU members. The studies indicated fundamental social and economic factors that hinder women from progressing in agricultural entrepreneurship and leadership positions in FOs. To address these challenges certain long, medium and short term interventions are necessary.

In line with above process and strategy, a women forum and leadership skills development took place from 4th to 7th August 2014 in South Africa with the participation of women leaders from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe (please download the brochure of the event). The overall objective was to facilitate sharing of experiences among women farmers and enhance leadership skills of women farmer leaders in the region.

 The forum also solicited views on how SACAU could formulate comprehensive interventions in the region to address challenges facing women in agriculture. Mechanisms to sustain the forum in the coming years were also suggested.

To learn more, please download the report from the event below.




from 04/08/2014 to 07/08/2014
Thematic Areas: Gender, Knowledge Management
Region: South Africa
Countries: South Africa