In Sudan, the majority of women farmers must prepare their land for the harvest—by hand. This work is extremely time-consuming and physically demanding. In some cases, it can take one woman several days to prepare just a small plot of land.
Zenab for Women in Development is working to increase crop production for women farmers, while conserving natural resources and empowering them to win access to tools, credit and training opportunities usually reserved for men.
With MADRE support, Zenab’s Women Farmers Union recently purchased a tractor! Work that once took them several days by hand now takes hours with the help of the tractor, which the many union members share.
The new tractor has made a significant impact on agricultural production. Approximately 20 communities have benefited from it, and in certain areas, the tractor has generated a near three-fold increase in harvest. Nearly 3,000 women farmers in 53 communities and villages in Eastern Sudan benefited from Zenab’s harvest last year.
Check out photos of our partners with the new tractor below: