The backbone of food security in Africa

Women empowerment in Agriculture

The South African agricultural sector is characterised by persistent inequalites in access to and control over resources and thus undermines a sustainable and inclusive development of the sector.

AFASA Women believes that understanding the roles of women in agriculture and planning programmes relevant to their roles and needs is a prerequisite for the success of agricultural development programmes.

After all, women remain the direct agents of rural economic development and therefore agriculture.

“Women have been the backbone of food security on the African continent”.

Dr Vuyo Mahlati

  • Launched in 2019
  • Made up of 9 Provincial structures, 53 District & 253 Local Municipality structures
  • Led by a farmer / Global
  • Agripreneur : Mrs Ntuthu Mbiko – Motshegoa
  • Global footprint and partners include SACAU, FANRPAN, FAO, Stand Bank, EU Commission,
  • Netherland Embassy, French Embassy
  • Part of the United Nation’s Women Network
  • Member of the World Farmer Organisation (WHO)
  • Made up of Women in AFASA Commodity Chamber: SAGRA, DFDC, SAFDA, NERPO, SASA, AGRA, etc.
  • Stand for commercialisation of women farmers
  • Lobby and advocate in favour of Women in Agriculture
  • Follows a Community Public Private Partnership (CPPP) approach to Development
  • Encourages participation of rural Women
  • Promote the use of indiginous languages in policy consultations to reach to rural women
  • Promote local food systems Encourages the use and promotio of Indiginous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Agriculture

AFASA Women’s Programmes

Women in Ari-business tech savvy solutions webinar

13 May 2021 Consistent with its commitment to develop and enhance Women Agripreneurs, in April 2021 AFASA Women in collaboration with its main partner and sponsor Standard Bank held an Agri-Business Tech Savvy Solutions Webinar with the objective to provide an...

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“Soon we saw that money going to women brought much more benefit to the family than money going to the men. So we changed our policy and gave a high priority to women. As a result, now 96% of our four million borrowers in Grameen Bank are women”.

Muhammad Yunus

Mrs Nonthuthu Mbiko

National Women's Coordinator


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