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Using Law To Close The Gender Gap in Agriculture in West Africa (WILDAF)

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By Kafu KUWONU
For the 2019 ReSAKSS Conference

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Using Law To Close The Gender Gap in Agriculture in West Africa (WILDAF)

  1. 1. USING LAW TO CLOSE GENDER GAP IN AGRICULTURE IN WEST AFRICA Kafui KUWONU WiLDAF-AO
  2. 2. WiLDAF: Who are we? WILDAF is a pan- African non governmental organisation that bring together organisations and individuals to promote a culture for the exercise and respect for women’s rights in Africa. • WiLDAF is established in 1990 in Harare • WiLDAF use a variety of tools including law to promote women’s rights WiLDAF’s mission is to empower women by promoting their rights, increasing their participation in all sphere of decision.
  3. 3. WiLDAF WEST AFRICA • WiLDAF in West Africa is present in 11 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Liberia, Senegal and Togo. • WiLDAF has 3 focal points ( Sierra Leone, Gambia and Cape Verde) • The sub regional office is establish since Avril 1997 in Lomé  Web site: WWW.WILDAF-AO.org
  4. 4. WiLDAF’s strategies WiLDAF: Built capacity for all stakeholders that has a role to play in the promotion, defense and or protection of women’s rights; Conduct Legal literacy education for communities' members; Network with organisations and individuals that share the same value and thoughts; Advocate and lobby for change in law, adoption of policies, programme, at local , national, regional and global levels.
  5. 5. PROGRAMS  Since 2009 WiLDAF work with women farmers to promote their economic, political and social rights.  Two projects were carried out , funded by the Ministry of foreign affair of Netherlands  Using law as a tool for rural women empowerment’’ 2009 to 2011 Women and Farmers against poverty in West Africa 2012 to 2015
  6. 6. Communities, women and farmers organisations empowerment on women rights • 560 Women and leaders of farmers organisations capacities were build on women’s economic, social and political rights • 208 communities were empower in women’s rights and bring changes in gender relationship in their communities and in the surrounding areas
  7. 7. Traditional leaders for women’s rights  1400 women farmers acquired knowledges in new technologies  526 Traditional leaders play key role in their community and vis à vis their peers. They spoke acted in support of women’s and gender equality  99 farming Group converted into cooperative
  8. 8. Women empowered no matter the age • 215 Women had access to decision making structures (MDG3) • 3101 women had access to land; • 4651 women had access to credit; • 2653 women had access to inputs; • 3037 women had access to technology.
  9. 9. WiLDAF, a network of influence • Adoption, Ratification and implementation of Maputo Protocol; • Adoption of Kilimanjaro charter and its endorsement by decision makers • Implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa WiLDAF a key player in spheres of influence
  10. 10. What have we been able to do concretely in the context of access to technology for women farmers in Togo? 450 to 500 peoples were directly involved in development of “school farming” and more than 1000 people became aware of the results as communities were invited to attend the harvesting operations. Nine lowland sites serving as farmer field schools have been established in rice paddocks. The total area developed is 3.9 ha. The technologies were tested on demonstration farm, which parcels are managed by the members of the women's rights committees and all the existing groupings in the locality.
  11. 11. Demonstration farm in Ebeva and Hiheatro
  12. 12. Conclusions • The capacity building of women farmers in agricultural technologies has experienced: outstanding support from women farmers and community committee members A manifestation of satisfaction for the lessons received An expression of interest translated without delay: some women who benefited from capacity building quickly put into practice the lessons learned in their personal and individual fields.
  13. 13. Conclusions Beneficiaries appreciated the simplicity of the technology, its low cost (400 000 to 500 000 FCFA) per hectare, its very fast adoption, its effective implementation in the very year of decision-making, the participatory approach (more than 80% of the work is done by the beneficiaries themselves). • Several requests from individual producer groups and producers were recorded in most locations where the
  14. 14. THANKS YOU

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