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IFAD / MALAWI GENDER EQUALITY IN FARMING

In Malawi the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been investing in rural women to help them address gender inequality. IFAD
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STORY: IFAD / MALAWI GENDER EQUALITY IN FARMING
TRT:3:34
SOURCE: IFAD
RESTRICTIONS: EMBARGO TILL 7PM EST 7TH MARCH 2024
LANGUAGE: CHICHEWA / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2024, MAKOSANA, MALAWI

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1. Aerial shot, Alefa and Lloyd working in their field
2. Wide shot, Alefa and Lloyd work in their field
3. Various aerial shots, areas affected by erratic rainfall
4. SOUNDBITE (Chichewa) Alefa Ofesa, Farmer, Malawi:
“The project has encouraged women to participate in agriculture. With the knowledge and the skills, they are sure and confident about what needs to be done to improve productivity, for example the double raw planting.”
5. Close up, double raw planting technique
6. Aerial shot, box ridges
7. Wide shot, Local trees planted in the field
8. Close up, organic manure
9. Wide shot, Alefa and Lloyd spreading manure
10. Wide shot, local bushes planted around the field
11. Aerial shot, Alefa and Lloyd working in their field
12. Wide shot, Alefa and Lloyd speak with Amos Mailosi
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Amos Mailosi, Regional Environment and Climate Change Officer for TRADE Programme:
“One key thematic area that TRADE programme is promoting is the issue of gender and social inclusion. So, we are trying to empower women and men, and boys and girls, to be equally participating in the interventions. So that together they can realize the importance of joint decision-making at household level.”
14. Wide shot, Alefa and Lloyd work in their field
15. Close up, soybean plants
16. Wide shot, community members sing and dance together
17. Aerial shot, community members singing and dancing together
18. SOUNDBITE (Chichewa) Alefa Ofesa, Farmer, Malawi:
“A lot of women here are now experts in farming activities and because of their profits, many have realized the importance of joining together.”

19. Wide shot, Alefa works in the field
20. Aerial shot, Alefa and Loyd working in their field
21. Med shot, Alefa and Lloyd smile as they work in their field

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Storyline

Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment is not only more urgent than ever but also an incredibly smart investment to generate economic growth, food security, income opportunities and better lives, particularly in rural areas where most of the world’s poorest live.

This is the message on International Women’s Day from IFAD’s Vice President Geraldine Mukesima.

One of the key challenges in achieving gender equality by 2030 is an alarming lack of financing, with a staggering US$360 billion annual deficit in spending on gender-equality measures.

Geraldine will be taking part in a joint RBA event on Friday with WFP and FAO in Rome, Italy.

In Malawi the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development has been investing in rural women to help them address this gender inequality.

Alefa Ofesa and her husband Lloyd have been farming for over 20 years, but in the last 2 years they started to turn it into a business. The change came when Alefa and other women in the community were given project support and training in new farming practices that have helped them cope with erratic rainfall in the region.

SOUNDBITE (Chichewa) Alefa Ofesa, Farmer, Malawi:
“The project has encouraged women to participate in agriculture. With the knowledge and the skills, they are sure and confident about what needs to be done to improve productivity, for example the double raw planting.”

Alefa learnt how to plant seeds in two parallel rows, separated by rain collection channels, build terraces, contour ploughing, and construct check dams to slow down water flow and prevent soil from being washed away. All of these methods help to maximize water efficiency. The project also encouraged the farmers to plant indigenous trees around the field which produce organic manure through composting and protect the field from floods during the rainy season.

In 2022, Alefa joined the TRADE project (Transforming Agriculture through Diversification and Entrepreneurship Programme) implemented by Government of Malawi and supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

More importantly the project trained families on how to work together and make decisions together.

SOUNDBITE (English) Amos Mailosi, Regional Environment and Climate Change Officer for TRADE Programme:
“One key thematic area that TRADE programme is promoting is the issue of gender and social inclusion. So, we are trying to empower women and men, and boys and girls, to be equally participating in the interventions. So that together they can realize the importance of joint decision-making at household level.”

By working together as equal partners Alefa and her husband have seen an increase in productivity which has allowed them to earn more.
Alefa is now sharing her new knowledge with other women from her community.

SOUNDBITE (Chichewa) Alefa Ofesa, Farmer, Malawi:
“A lot of women here are now experts in farming activities and because of their profits, many have realized the importance of joining together.”

Alefa plans to use the additional income they earn for their children’s education and to purchase an ox cart for transportation.

Not only does her family have enough food for the whole year, but she can now also sell part of what she harvests, and she is planning to expand her business to sell at markets in nearby villages.

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