Recipe for Change

This is a recipe for everyday use, however, it should be adapted to local conditions, local ingredients, patience and daily slow stirring for best results Ingredients  Heaps of active rural women in villages, communities and local farmer associations Large doses of committed leaders Buckets full of loud voices and clear demands Clear platform for action … More Recipe for Change

Multi-national dairy company operates with impunity

When Zambia decided to privatise its national dairy board back in the 1990’s, it opened the way for an eventual big-business monopoly over the sale and supply of milk. And it is smallscale farmers who are feeling the negative brunt of this. The Rural Women’s Assembly of Zambia, has testified at the Second Permanent People’s … More Multi-national dairy company operates with impunity

RWA Zambia participates in the National Agricultural and Commercial Show

REPORT  Rural Women Assembly Zambia Participation in the National Agricultural and Commercial Show 2017 BACKGROUND INFORMATION Since 2016 the Rural Women Assembly (RWA) Zambia has decided to that the participation of its members in agricultural shows at all levels are important. Last year RWA Zambia participated in the event and were awarded the best prize … More RWA Zambia participates in the National Agricultural and Commercial Show

Corporate Capture of Seed Subsidy Programme

A Rural Women’s Assembly affiliate in Malawi, the Coalition of Women Farmers (COWFA), has raised a red flag around corporate capture of the government’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme. COWFA says the multi-million dollar programme is simply a tool for enriching seed companies and transporters, and has little impact on the livelihoods of rural women and … More Corporate Capture of Seed Subsidy Programme

Rural Women Speak Out Against Food Input Subsidy Programme in the SADC Region

On the 17th of August 2017 rural women from nine SADC countries came together as the Rural Women’s Assembly to speak out against the Farmer Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs) and the challenges they are creating for women farmers, at a time when SADC heads of state gather to discuss their plans for the future of … More Rural Women Speak Out Against Food Input Subsidy Programme in the SADC Region

STATEMENT BY THE RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY (RWA) ON MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN EVERYONE’S ISSUE

18 AUGUST 2017 STATEMENT BY THE RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY (RWA) ON MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN EVERYONE’S ISSUE  Violence No More! Hloniphani Imizimba Yethu! Respect our bodies! We, women from across Southern Africa – rural and urban, young and old, farmers and the unemployed – participating in the 2017 People’s Summit have converged to share and … More STATEMENT BY THE RURAL WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY (RWA) ON MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN EVERYONE’S ISSUE

Mary Sikala from Zambia shares Herstory on Seeds

MS titled her story, “Background of seed”. She is a commercial farmer and uses indigenous seeds. Her story is a build up of what has been shared at the school for the past few days. The background of seeds is hundred years old. “Seeds are a living mark and it produces life”. When the green revolution … More Mary Sikala from Zambia shares Herstory on Seeds

RWA attends Workshop on Dismantling Corporate Power

On 26th-29th June 2017, the RWA attended a workshop in Maputo organised by the Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power. The main purpose of the workshop was to discuss the cases that will be presented at the People’s Tribunal at the SADC People’s Summit. The objectives of the workshop include; to analyse and construct … More RWA attends Workshop on Dismantling Corporate Power

RWA Feminist School Raises Key Issues on Exploitation of Land, Power, Control over Seeds

The Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) hosted its 3rd annual feminist school on 29 June – 5 July 2017. The theme of this year’s feminist school was Land, seeds and labour: women hold more than half the sky. One of the women who attended the feminist school reflects on the key issues that stood out for … More RWA Feminist School Raises Key Issues on Exploitation of Land, Power, Control over Seeds