During the last farming season, MADRE and our sister organization, Zenab for Women in Development, coordinated the delivery of sorghum, millet and peanut seeds to hundreds of Women Farmers' Union members in Gungulesa, Guregana and Um Khanjar, Sudan. Previously women had to commute to a central seed distribution site. This was especially significant because Sudan’s cash-strapped Ministry of Agriculture was unable to distribute seeds this year. MADRE and Zenab also coordinate trainings in organic farming and human rights, as well as provide the women farmers with more effective farming tools and financial support for land rental. In addition to growing healthy food for their families, the women farmers are generating enough income to send their children to school. “Without the Women Farmers’ Union, I would never have earned enough to afford school fees for my children,” Hadija, a 47-year-old farmer, told us. “I am so proud because this year, I was able to send my youngest daughter to college with the income from my crops.”
One group of women farmers have pooled their extra income to fund literacy training in their village, where 95 percent of the people cannot read. In another village, the women are using their earnings to bring electricity to the community. With MADRE and Zenab’s support, these small-holder women farmers are able to create lasting food security for their families and positive change for their communities.
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