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Huruma Mhapa - WiLD Award Winner 2011

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Huruma Mhapa (Tanzania) has trained about 4,000 farmers and another 5,000 people have visited her farm to learn about zero grazing and organic farming.

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Climate-smart knowledge empowers women farmers in Kenya| CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Climate-smart knowledge empowers women farmers in Kenya| CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it
Josephine Mutua and Queen Leva have been part of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) climate-smart village activities in Makueni, Kenya for two years. Together the duo is taking the lead to show how women can make their farms climate-smart. As they gain new skills and knowledge, there is no limit to what they can achieve.
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The combination of objectives in this is great:

* Developing women's confidence and knowledge;

* Addressing climate change challenges;

* Improving farmer livelihoods.

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Q&A: Women Farmers Are Key to a Food-Secure Africa - IPS ipsnews.net

Q&A: Women Farmers Are Key to a Food-Secure Africa - IPS ipsnews.net | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it

What a positive symbol to have a (qualified) woman at the helm of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Inthis interview with IPS-Inter Press Service, Jane Karuku discusses the importance of women and smallholders to food security and agricultural sustainability in Africa.

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The reintegration of a female ex-combatant, now farmer

The reintegration of a female ex-combatant, now farmer | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it
Julie Kambu Mayemba is 40 years old who left the army to benefit from a support programme for the reintegration of ex-combatants implemented by FAO in collaboration with the Unit for the implementation of the national Programme for disarmament, demobilization...
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AWARD: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development

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Here's a whole a gaggle of amazing women in African agriculture, supported and empowered by the AWARD Fellowships. Established in 2008, AWARD is a project of the Gender & Diversity Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange

I met Eleni a number of years ago when she was working at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington. Even then, she was full of energy, and it was clear she would go far. In an article published in today's (1 Dec 2011) Huffington Post, Sir Gordon Conway describes her as "a pioneering agricultural economist and businesswoman" for creating the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange.

 

National commodity exchanges are an important step in helping African farmers become entrepreneurs. And those of us who are old enough to remember the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s may recall that there were agricultural surpluses in some parts of the country while people were dying elsewhere. National commodity exchanges like this are also important for creating regional markets and helping to connect farmers to international markets, aspirations of Bourse Africa, which is expected to launch in mid-2012 (www.bourseafrica.com).

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Strengthening the research and leadership skills of African women in ag

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Vicki Wilde, Director of the CGIAR’s Gender and Diversity Programme and the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) project

 

via Jo Seed at www.foodsecurity.ac.uk

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Huruma Mhapa - WiLD Award Winner 2011

Huruma Mhapa - WiLD Award Winner 2011 | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it

Huruma Mhapa (Tanzania) has trained about 4,000 farmers and another 5,000 people have visited her farm to learn about zero grazing and organic farming.

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Dr. Agnes M. Abera-Kalibata is Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources

Dr. Agnes M. Abera-Kalibata is Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it

Dr. Abera-Kalibata is Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). She is also a member of the Rwanda Development Board. At the international level, she is a member of the IFDC Board of Directors since 2008 and chairs its Africa Committee.

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Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda (FANRPAN/Farming First)

www.farmingfirst.org Dr. Sibanda, CEO of FANRPAN (www.fanrpan.org), speaks live with CNBC Africa about how agriculture policy can positively impact African d...
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Gendering Agriculture - AllAfrica.com

Gendering Agriculture - AllAfrica.com | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it
Gendering Agriculture AllAfrica.com Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture...
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Jasmine Dillon (Farmers Fight) - Stand Up to Defend Ag Science

Jasmine Dillon is a Shetah for agriculture everywhere, with this impassioned rap explaining why everyone benefits from ag science. Engaging and informative.

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Effective Food Aid That Empowers Women

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This story is a slight departure from the usual focus on individual Shetahs. The World Food Programme looks at 8 examples of effective food aid, with a special look at how focusing on women and girls is an important element of that success.

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Ugandan seed company empowers women

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Josephine Okot wants to plant seeds...but her crop is women empowered by improved seeds. She founded Victoria Seeds (www.victoriaseeds.com) with a decidedly social agenda, and one that is expressed best in the words of the company's own website:

 

"Our team is passionate about empowering rural women by promoting appropriate technologies for plowing and post harvest which is important for easing women’s arduous and time consuming tasks and enhancing their participation in formal employment and off-farm economic activities.

Victoria Seeds Ltd provides seed technologies, extension support and access to markets to women farmers to increase their efficiency in production, crop output and income levels. The company is continuing to lobby financial institutions and other partners to adopt innovative financing instruments appropriate to crop farming patterns and which takes into account women’s limited control of productive household resources."

 

 

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Egyptian women farmers form union

Egyptian women farmers form union | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it

How ironic is this? Women farmers in Egypt recently joined together into a union after the Minister for MANpower acknowledged their right to do so. This is one of the post-revolution reforms.  I salut these enterprising women who are taking their destiny into their own hands as the country plots its course towards the future.

 

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Three Tanzanian women named among best African researchers

Three Tanzanian women named among best African researchers | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it
The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Award) yesterday named three Tanzanian women among 70 brilliant African researchers who have won its 2011 Award Fellowship.
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Ces femmes qui font bouger l’Afrique

Femmes d’affaires, chefs d’Etats, artistes ou défenseurs de l’environnement... les femmes africaines occupent aujourd’hui tous les terrains. Par leurs actions quotidiennes, elles oeuvrent au développement du continent.
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Florence Wambugu unabashedly champions GM technology

Florence Wambugu unabashedly champions GM technology | Shetahs Hall of Fame | Scoop.it

“Whenever I meet a group of jubilant farmers and they tell me that they do not have to depend on food aid anymore, that makes my life.”

 

Dr. Wumbugu is the Founder, Director and the Chief Executive Office of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI).

 

(Photo courtesy of AHBFI)

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