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
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