Women comprise the majority of Africa’s farmers; women provide up to 90% of rural poor’s food and produce up to 80% of food in most developing countries. (UN 2010) Understanding that for northern Uganda to have a successful recovery and lasting peace, it must grow and feed itself.
In response, Women’s Global has made 41 agricultural loans so far this year! Six groups, totaling 41 women, have begun planting green vegetables, cassava, peanuts (called ground nuts), and beans. Due to the time to grow a product to sell, the loans are set up slightly differently, with a longer loan period and all interest payments made up front. The first season is expected to yield a bountiful harvest thanks to favorable weather conditions!
As relief agencies move out, and feeding programs reduce their distributions, there are shortages. The key to sustainable development and increased food security is to support and encourage agriculture production. Our agriculture program is focused on creating small to medium scale agro projects through our loan program women are given a microcredit agro loan, support, and training.
Thanks to those donors who believe in the critical need for food security and women's empowerment!