Women are most affected by the pandemic in this regard, as they are the backbone of African agriculture. Widely cited figures indicate that they produce 80% of the continent’s food, contribute 60 – 80% of the labour force in agriculture, and spend up to 60% of their time on agricultural activities.
This #SocietyTalks webinar will consider challenges specifically confronting smallholder farmers, particularly women in agribusiness in Southern Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and key policy interventions required for SADC to address the challenges
Moderated by Bronwyn Nielsen - Founder & CEO: Nielsen Network
- Mrs Graça Machel - Founder, Graça Machel Trust; Chair, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
- Domingos Gove - Director of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources , SADC Secretariat
- Ruth Hall - Chair and a professor at Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
- Elizabeth Swai - Founder Member of African Agribusiness Academy, Head of Africa Women in Agribusiness
- Beatrice Makwenda - Head of Policy and Communication of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi & coordinator of Rural Women’s Assembly in Malawi.