The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, said on Thursday that the agricultural sector must form the center of the country and the continent’s economic recovery after Covid-19.
“This is important for food security, but also as a basis for any industrial development in our countries,” Didiza said.
The United Nations (UN) has established International Day for Rural Women as a way to pay tribute to the role and contribution of women in rural areas and in the agricultural industry.
Didiza said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, rural women are still resilient and put food on their families’ tables.
“One of the interventions is to ensure that women have access to land for production. We need farming mechanisms that will improve women’s ability to enter the agricultural economy and agribusinesses. ”
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population. “Despite this, the gap between men’s and women’s salaries is sometimes more than 40%.”