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

Atiqullah Khan
Atiqullah KhanPECMS-DAILAfghanistan

The subject is very interesting, and I think we have a training (Empowering women in Agriculture) at the end of July 2016. As you are aware, we have long time internal war in Afghanistan that has resulted in poor economy and education. The situation affects the social, cultural life and environment of Afghanistan. In fact, vulnerability in the Afghan community has influenced the women’s life. For a long time now, women work behind the men in agriculture – particularly during harvesting, hatchery, Saffron processing, home gardening, milk processing, etc.

My concern is we have limited number of women with Agriculture education. In agriculture higher education for example, we have had just one female student in agriculture faculty of Kandahar University for the last 20 years. Reasons are usually because men do the hard work in the fields and women can’t do it, but that notion is not true. We have to try to encourage women to get an education in agriculture. This will make them self-sufficient and we will have some changes on women empowerment.

 

Atiqullah Khan

Agri Promote Officer

PECMS-DAIL, Kandahar Afghanistan