A set of stories that illustrate some of the challenges that rural women farmers face every day, the determined and dynamic ways in which they decide to deal with them, and the ways in their ingenuity and perseverance lead to greater food security, economic empowerment and long-term benefits for themselves and for their families.
Empowering women is essential to achieving a world without hunger. This is the message highlighted by the Rome-based UN agencies and partners during this year’s commemoration of International Women’s Day.
'Me Maphoka Thaba is a rural farmer in the village of Ha Khojane, Mahobong, in the district of Leribe, in northern Lesotho. Still active and energetic at 72, she has faced many problems that are all too common to rural farmers in Lesotho.