Agriculture

Kisoro: FAHWI Meets Women in Agriculture

The Farm Ahead Women Initiative (FAHWI), a solution-focused approach that builds on women farmers’ strengths on Thursday met women and youths in Kosoro district.

The FAHWI Approach stimulates farmer groups to identify available natural, social, financial and personal resources which helps them find innovative solutions and make informed decisions on marketing, production and consumption.

Over 30 agri-business women were sensitized on economic and social sustainability through provision of high yielding seeds and harvesting sacks to make sure the products are double layered to enable safety of the farmers’ produce from pests.

The farmers have also been sensitized on how to center of agricultural development, possession of fore fronts on the agriculture Innovation alongside encouraging economic and social sustainability.

Phiona Agaba, the founder and chief executive officer of the Initiative believes that the support towards agri-business women farmers in the rural areas of Kisoro and Kabale will enable them access credit facilities among other benefits

“This is our first activity as an organization since our establishment last year and we give agribusiness farmers a chance to choose what they need and want after being supported in acquiring production and marketing information thus enable farmers to respond appropriately to dynamic markets and changing environmental conditions,” Agaba said.

She added, “We also expect to help the women farmers in Agribusiness training and promotion of entrepreneurship among women, enable access to credit facilities for rural farmers, access to quality inputs and agriculture technologies and we encourage tree planting to facilitate climate change.”

The approach currently majors in the South Western region of Uganda in areas with poor, rural and marginalized community groups composed of women, men, youth and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

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However, with the overwhelming support received from their partner, a Germany based Jackie Klopp, they expect to hold training on Kitchen farming and sensitize the agri-business women on small scale farming in the due course.

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