In March, we shared with you that the women of Women Farmers Unite were working hard to obtain a machine to extract oil from their sesame seed and groundnut crops. Thanks to your support, we were recently able to provide 20 women farmers with 100 pounds of seeds and help the women purchase an oil miller!
The women farmers have been dreaming of an oil miller for a long time now. Extracted oil from sesame seeds and groundnuts is a lucrative product in local markets. With their own oil miller, the women farmers have eliminated the need for third party millers, saving time, energy and money. Thanks to your support, over 100 women farmers and their families will benefit from the oil miller! The women farmers will now earn more income to feed their families, send their children to school and invest in their communities. Thank you!
Halema is the leader of the women farmers group in the Gunglisa village. Fatima Ahmed is the director of Zenab for Women in Development, our sister organization in Sudan. Fatima recently spoke with Halema about her participation in the Women Farmers Union.
"This is the true way to women's empowerment," she said to Fatima. "And the oil miller will add value to our product and increase our income to feed our kids."
Thanks so much for supporting this life-sustaining work!
Click here to watch MADRE's video, "Sudan's First and Only Women Farmer Union"!
Video description: In Sudan, young women identify gender discrimination and climate change as their two greatest obstacles to farming. But a Women Farmers Union, supported by MADRE, overcomes these barriers.One woman named Fatima Ahmed, a local agronomist, saw how women farmers grow most of their families' food, yet are denied crucial support that the Ministry of Agriculture gives to men.The women found a solution: Sudan's first and only Women Farmers Union. They organized to obtain tools, seeds and training. They pooled resources to buy a tractor, and they share their sustainable and profitable farming strategies.With a focus on young women, the Union allows women farmers to boost family nutrition, earn income and improve farming practices for the future.
Fatima Ahmed, director of MADRE’s sister organization Zenab for Women in Development, recently shared some success stories from the Women Farmers Union. Together with Zenab, MADRE supports over 3,000 women farmers, giving them the tools, resources and technical assistance they need to sustain their families for the long haul. Keep reading to learn how this program is helping transform women’s lives:
Your support truly strengthens our sisters in Sudan, their families, and their communities. Thank you!
Our partners at Zenab for Women in Development recently shared with us that the women of Women Farmers Unite are working hard to obtain oil mill machinery in order to process their sesame seed and groundnut crops. Oil is extracted from sesame seeds and groundnuts by mechanical pressing, and is a lucrative product in local markets. Obtaining oil mill machinery for these women farmers will offer increased income-generating activity and self-employment. Rather than packing seed crops and transporting them to and from the city for mechanical pressing, the women farmers will be able to save time, money and energy, and maximize their profit, by eliminating third party oil millers. We look forward to bringing you more updates once the oil mill machinery is in use!
October 16 was World Food Day. This year’s focus was on agricultural cooperatives—powerful examples of active, life-changing community engagement.
Worldwide, women and girls are primarily responsible for feeding their families. Women are disproportionately, overwhelmingly impacted by the expanding global crisis of poverty. Climate change exacerbates food insecurity, causing droughts one year and floods the next, and forces people from their homes. These conditions all exacerbate poverty—and again, disproportionately impact women.
MADRE advocates for food sovereignty, meaning that every person has not only the right to food, but the right to choose what food we eat and an understanding of where that food comes from and how it is produced.
Women Farmers Unite, our partners in Sudan whose work to promote food sovereignty allows them to feed their families and support one another through the many challenges they face, are an inspiring example of the power of agricultural cooperatives. By embracing sustainable farming practices, women and their families have the opportunity to support themselves for generations.
Unlike emergency food aid, Women Farmers Unite gives women the tools, resources and technical assistance they need to sustain their families for the long haul. With our Sudanese partner organization Zenab for Women in Development, we provide women farmers with organic seeds and supplies, including plows and a tractor. A special focus on young women helps ensure their generation continues to provide a local, sustainable food supply.
Women gain the resources they need to grow and produce food, alleviating hunger, improving health and nutrition, and fueling local economies. By working together to grow crops, participants build a network of women farmers who share resources and boost their economic status. Elder women transmit skills and lessons to younger women. Many participants are using their increased incomes to pay for their daughters’ educations, breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing the chances for further political, economic and social empowerment.
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