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Re: Transforming gender relations in agriculture through women’s empowerment: benefits, challenges and trade-offs for improving nutrition outcomes

Eng Shah Wali
Eng Shah Wali "Allokozai"Rural Rehabilitation Association for Afghanistan (NPO/RRAA)Afghanistan

Thanks a lot for sharing your input about the women empowerment in agriculture for better nutrition and I would like to mention that when we talk about agriculture and nutrition, it is very important to know and consider not only agriculture but know livestock too. Women are traditionally and locally involved in the agriculture and livestock sector in the CDCs level. They produce products regularly in the local area and they know how to feed, how to treat and how to extend their livestock and agriculture. Also livestock is good source for nutrition, each woman  knows how to keep, feed, treat and bring extension in their livestock like cows, chicken, goats, fish and bees. Also, dailywage-based poor and agriculture farmers' wives are involved in the cultivation of agriculture seeds, vegetable seeds, and establishment of new orchards. They learn new technology like establishment of greenhouses, fish ponds, and bee keeping.

In our country, Afghan women traditional involved in the agriculture and livestock know the traditional importance of agriculture and livestock issues. Strengthening and empowerment of women is required, and there is a need to conduct different kinds of training for capacity building of them. Only then it will provide sources to earn income, find marketing for their product and in linkages - getting their product to local and supermarkets resulting in regular transfer of their produce to the Baazzar market. It is good way to provide facilities for females to involve themselves in the process of business.

When they have the required trainings and have better capacity, then women will be able to have better knowledge of cultivation, irrigation, water management system, treatment, keeping, feeding, trade and extension of agriculture and livestock. This will help solve their economic problems in the future, and will empower them to be involved in the economic process of the country.

Eng Shah Wali “Allokozai”

East Zone manager

Norwegian Project Office,
Rural Rehabilitation Association for Afghanistan (NPO/RRAA)