Masindi District, Uganda, Dec. 9, 2007: Women selling vegetables. The majority of Africa's farmers are women, but they face inequality in access to land, credit, technology, and other agricultural inputs.
"The African Rural University for Women, Uganda"
Op-Ed, Better By Half
Novemebr 11, 2014
Author: Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
An emerging major policy focus for Africa is its increasing capacity to feed itself and become an important player in global food trade. Equally important is the inequality between men and women when it comes to access to land, credit, technology and other agricultural inputs. This is particularly important given the fact that majority of Africa's farmers are women.
The African Rural University (ARU) was set up in the Kibaale district of western Uganda to address this fact. It addresses the fact that new models are needed to extend higher technical training to women farmers who are the frontline innovators.
ARU is a university that focuses on building strong female leaders for careers in agriculture and on involving the community in every step of the agricultural value chain. A key feature of the new university is to help young women envision the future they want and design strategies to achieve their goals. Their programming is tailored to meet locally identified needs that value local lifestyles and traditions while allowing the adoption of new technologies and improved production.
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