Appropriate farming tools for African women farmers

    | November 23, 2009

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    Our news story from Zimbabwe looked at how women farmers overcame limited access to draught power and tractors by learning the zero tillage method of preparing land. Traditions and cultural beliefs regarding which farming tools and animals women farmers may use are abundant. But those tools that are traditionally used by women are not always the most appropriate.

    This week’s script looks at some cultural beliefs around farm tools and animals used by women. It offers some solutions for overcoming traditions that prevent women farmers from making the best use of their fields, such as working with a blacksmith to have tools modified, or forming a women’s farming group to share draught power.

    This script can also be found online at: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/82-7script_en.asp.