Women played an historic role in small scale farming in Africa - researcher

Head of Economic Research for Agricultural Business Chamber Wandile Sihlobo says we need to have a much more focused approach in bringing more woman into the agricultural sector.

He says women form only about 30% of the labour market, and women are hardest hit by job cuts.

If we are thinking about bringing more farmers in the agricultural sector, how much of those should be women? And if there is support that's going to be given, how much of that is going to be given to women?

Wandile Sihlobo, Head of Economic Research for Agricultural Business Chamber

Policies and strategies linked to the National Development Plan need to prioritise women, says Sihlobo.

He says the youth is now being encouraged to get involved in agriculture.

Sihlobo adds that historically small holdings in Africa have been run by women.

Are they getting enough support, are they part of the discussion where we think about developing agriculture?Because we need to hear from them on what the challenges are on the ground and what they would like to see to become farmers and participate in this economy.

Wandile Sihlobo, Head of Economic Research for Agricultural Business Chamber

To hear more of this discussion, listen below:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
#GuptaLeaks: KPMG audited Gupta company that laundered money for big wedding

#GuptaLeaks: KPMG audited Gupta company that laundered money for big wedding

According to amaBhungane, KPMG’s dealings with the Guptas leave the impression that the auditor was the family’s lapdog.

Ban of live chicken sales partially lifted

Ban of live chicken sales partially lifted

Agriculture Minister says strict control measures are still in place and records of chicken sales will be closely monitored.

Reports of H5N8 bird flu in South Africa

Reports of H5N8 bird flu in South Africa

An outbreak on a farm in the Free State and another in Mpumalanga have been confirmed.

Zuma receives warm welcome at Westonaria, promises more than 89 000 jobs by 2019

Zuma receives warm welcome at Westonaria, promises more than 89 000 jobs by 2019

President Zuma gave a keynote address at Westonaria Agri-Park, west of Joburg, on revitalising agriculture and the rural economy.

Africa Business: Which sectors are set to grow in Africa?

Africa Business: Which sectors are set to grow in Africa?

Many sectors have room to grow driven by the pent up demand and opportunistic entrepreneurial approach to gaps in the market.

Dramatic drop in white maize price is bad news for farmers - economist

Dramatic drop in white maize price is bad news for farmers - economist

Prices are almost 60% lower than last year and the predicted 2 million ton surplus will need export markets.

Popular articles
Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

Meet Whitey Basson (the retail guru who turned Shoprite into a R127bn behemoth)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the former CEO of Africa’s largest retailer by far.

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

CT airport shooting attempted hit on gang boss allegedly linked to '28s' -expert

A policing expert explains that the airport shooting may be linked to the shooting at a Stellenbosch nightclub this past weekend.

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

Cape Town International Airport shooting could be gang related - ACSA

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.