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SACAU: Gender and Youth meetings in Pretoria

From 15 to 18 July 2013 SACAU organised two meetings on gender and youth in agriculture at the Manhattan Hotel in Pretoria.

With specific regard to gender, four sessions were held, for which the consultants that had prepared national assessments for Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe presented their findings. The first session gave key facts about women’s involvement in leadership of Farmers’ Organisations (FOs); the second focused on state of gender policies and their impact on promoting women’s participation in leadership structures; the third was on challenges the FOs faced in having women in leadership structures; the last covered recommendations/proposals for improvement.

With regard to youth, the workshop also had four sessions for which the consultants presented the results of national assessments for the five studied countries. The first session gave the perceptions of youth about agriculture/farming (overlapped with factors limiting their interest/participation); the second focused on impact of state and FO policies on promoting youth in agriculture; the third was on factors limiting participation of youth in agriculture; the last covered recommendations/proposals for improvement.

Participants came from SACAU member organisations in the following countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition, a representative of the Southern African Trust (SAT), which co-financed the studies and the workshops, was also present.

For both gender and youth topics, the plenary discussion outcomes were captured and combined with material in the workshop’s synthesis documents to distil draft key messages that were then discussed further in smaller working groups in the hope of achieving further prioritisation of areas for intervention which can make the earliest positive difference. The workshop also looked at developing longer-term suggestions that SACAU could reflect in its frameworks for action under its programmes, use to develop operational programmes and, where needed, to select policy positions for the organisation and its membership. The key messages are reported in the document available below.

from 15/07/2013 to 18/07/2013
Thematic Areas: Gender
Region: South Africa
Countries: South Africa