- Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:19
19 December 2016
In her last regular column for Farming Matters, Elizabeth Mpofu makes a plea for governments to listen to pastoralists, particularly the women among them.
As a way of life that goes back thousand years, pastoralism has played a very important role in shaping societal relations and defining our diets, culture and religion. While always in motion, over the last 50 years pastoralism has evolved more rapidly, as ‘modern’ agriculture gained popularity as a way to meet industry’s insatiable demands for raw materials.
- Published on Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:25
(Harare, 17 November 2016) On the 25th November, the International Day of Struggle against violence against women; The Via Campesina will reaffirm its commitment to the struggles for equal rights and human dignity.
We as women carry enormous responsibilities in this world, and feed entire nations using agroecological practices, without our economic, social, legal and political rights being recognised, and without public programmes to guarantee equal social and economic participation.For this reason we are making a global call to our organisations, allies and friends to join forces to support actions, mobilisations and activities to denounce the different types of violence faced by women and to criticise the capitalist patriarchal model and the encroachment of agribusiness in our territories.
On this day of struggle we join the voices of millions of women who came together in Latin America on 19th October to shout “Not one less, we want us alive” to denounce the alarming growth in femicide and male-chauvinist and misogynist violence against women. Femicide stems from the structural inequality between women and men, and the domination of men over women; gender violence is a mechanism for these factors to reproduce oppression and discrimination against women.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 13:37
Women members of Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha (KRRS) are increasingly coming to the forefront of the farmers' movement in the State.
KRRS women are coming to the forefront of the farmer’s movement. "We don't want a 'women's wing', or a 'women's section' inside KRRS. Such so called 'wings' become nothing more than a group upon which women's issues are piled upon; ignored for all other decisions. We want equal participation in the state committee leadership, it is the only way. We already have many strong women leaders and thousands of women in the grassroots, it's time to make it official", paraphrased Chukki Nanjundaswamy from the proceedings of women's meeting in Bangalore on 15 October.
- Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 19:15
How to attribute important social change to agroecology? Elizabeth Mpofu argues that agroecology builds social cohesion, providing the foundation for gender equality.
There are no recipes in agroecology. Instead, its manual is in the heart and minds of those who practice it, which is evident in their interactions with the environment and other people. Harmony with nature and nutrition takes precedence over profits. This anchors our culture, shapes our identity and sets the parameters for our transformation as a society.
Personally agroecology has enabled me to learn from other women and to promote and create awareness about women’s issues. Through agroecology, women have contributed to shaping a society and healthy communities based on justice and solidarity. This society is able to withstand and adapt to an ever changing environment – socially, politically and economically.