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Women farmers’ contribution to food security praised

Women farmers’ contribution to food security praised

Mar 10, 2016 - 17:16

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok):Thirty womeninfo-icon farmers from northern Balkh province have been honoured for their important contributions in the agricultural sector as part of International Women’s Daycelebrations.

Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAIDinfo-icon) and provincial government offices attended the event in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.

USAID’s Regional Agricultural Development Program, North (RADP-N) and the Women’s Empowerment Working Group (WEWG) seized the opportunity to recognise challenges still faced by women in the agricultureinfo-icon sector.

A statement from USAID said the participants called for progressive policies and programs geared toward gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture development.

A hundred participants, including representatives from the Provincial Council, governor's office, Directorate of Economy, Directorate of Women's Affairs, as well as from academic institutions, agriculture associations, private companies and NGOs were in attendance.

Agriculture Director Kateb Shamspraised women farmers for their valuable contributions toward the development of agricultural value chains. “On this special occasion, I would like to congratulate women on their continued hard work and achievements.”

Speaking about the event from Kabulinfo-icon, USAID Mission Director Herbert Smith said women’s contributions in agriculture were important for advancing food and economic security in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“Including women in the sector enables local economies to function more efficiently.” Smith said. “Everyone benefits – families, communities and ultimately the country of Afghanistan.”



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