Despite the ongoing conflicts and challenges facing Eritrea, women are leading the way to revive the country through agriculture. Earlier this week, the Eritrean Women Agribusiness Association held its fifth congress in Asmara where they showcased their efforts to boost the agricultural sector in the country.
According to a report presented at the congress, the association has organised training programmes for women inside the country and abroad on various aspects of agricultural development, including business administration, law, poultry and bee farming, mushroom cultivation, food safety, digital services, and climate information.
The association’s executive committee also noted that the increased number of members, as well as the opportunities created by the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers and micro-credit and saving programmes, have significantly contributed to the development of the association. They also praised the support extended by the ministry of agriculture and national training institutions.
During the congress, agriculture minister Arefaine Berhe congratulated the association for incorporating young women members and called for expanding their relations with similar global associations.
He emphasised the importance of providing due attention to agricultural development in general and specifically to the cultivation of sweet potatoes. He also expressed the readiness of the Ministry of Agriculture to support the association in all its endeavours.
Eritrea has a predominantly agricultural economy, with more than 80% of the population engaged in farming. However, decades of war, drought, and poor management have led to a decline in agricultural productivity and food security in the country.
Despite these challenges, women have been at the forefront of efforts to improve the agricultural sector in Eritrea. Women make up a significant portion of the country’s farming population and have played a crucial role in providing food and income for their families and communities.
The Eritrean Women Agribusiness Association is one example of how women are taking the lead in reviving the country’s agricultural sector. By providing training and support for women farmers, the association is helping to increase productivity and improve food security in Eritrea.
Women in agriculture also face unique challenges, such as limited access to resources and services, as well as discrimination and gender-based violence. Despite these obstacles, women are proving to be resilient and innovative in their efforts to improve their lives and those of their communities through agriculture.
As Eritrea continues to rebuild and develop, the contributions of women in agriculture will be crucial in achieving sustainable growth and development in the country. The efforts of the Eritrean Women Agribusiness Association and other women-led initiatives are a testament to the resilience and determination of Eritrea’s women farmers in overcoming the challenges facing the country.
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