On 8th March 2021, Self-help Africa hosted women in Business in Africa and Europe in a virtual conference to commemorate International Women’s day. The conference centred on challenges and opportunities for women in Business.
As one of the invited speakers, Kalongo Chitengi spoke largely on the challenges that women in agriculture face especially in smallholder systems where agriculture is dependent on drudgery. She pointed out the need to embrace mechanization in Africa especially for women who provide hard labour and are responsible for feeding their children.
This raises the question, “should the girls stay at home and help in the fields and in the household or should they go to school?” says Kalongo.
In addition, at the Future Farm, there are a number of female tractor operators who show other women how to use the Massey Ferguson Global Series tractors in their operations.
Watch Kalongo’s presentation here (1:06:00-1:26:00).