Support Women Farmers in Sudan

Mar 19, 2014

A successful year for the Women Farmers Union!

A Women Farmers Union member watering her crops
A Women Farmers Union member watering her crops
Thanks to your generous support, we have great news! Last year, the Women Farmers Union benefited more than 5,000 women farmers and their families.
The Union is active in about 50 villages throughout the El Gadarif region of Sudan. In 2013, the Union distributed more than 5,000 agricultural tools. What's more, the members of the Union were able to farm more than 81,000 acres of land.
As we move forward in 2014, we hope that you will continue to support the crucial work of the Women Farmers Union.
Your support empowers women farmers and increases their options to provide for their families.
Thank you! 
Women Farmers Union members gather for a training
Women Farmers Union members gather for a training
Dec 17, 2013

An Oil Miller for Women Farmers in Sudan!

Women farmers with the oil miller
Women farmers with the oil miller

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!

Sep 18, 2013

VIDEO: Sudan's First and Only Women Famers Union

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.

Jun 19, 2013

Success Stories from Zenab!

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:

  • Howafram owns a small farm where she produces food for her family. When her crops were infested by weeds, Zenab was there with the tools to deal with the problem and save her crops. MADRE and Zenab’s support helped Howafram successfully prepare for the rest of the season’s harvest.
  • Since Zeina’s participation in the Women Farmers Union, she’s been able to grow the food her family needs to survive. Income generated from surplus crops allowed Zeina to send her daughter to school. Her daughter is now attending a nearby university. She is the first person in Zeina’s family to go to college.
  • Halimah, a Women Farmers Union participant from the Wadaif community, recently invested the money she earned from her harvest to open a pre-school. Now, her pre-school serves up to sixty children in her community.

Your support truly strengthens our sisters in Sudan, their families, and their communities. Thank you!

Mar 21, 2013

An Oil Miller for Zenab

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!

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Yifat Susskind

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