Supporting smallholder women farmers in potato cultivation

As the importance of potato cultivation among smallholder farmers increases, it is clear that women farmers have a vital role to play in shaping and maximising this growth, safeguarding potatoes as a primary food security crop. The present chapter offers a summary of the current state of potato cultivation and the role of women, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. We highlight the enormous potential of women farmers in promoting the broader goals of development and food security in these areas, before examining some of the challenges women face in making their voices count. Different strategies are presented for supporting women smallholders, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that women benefit from agricultural training and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and resources.

Citation: Chiwona-Karltun, L.; Wamahiu, M.; Chabvuta, C.; Ngonyama, D.; Demo, P. 2018. Supporting smallholder women farmers in potato cultivation. In: Wang-Pruski, G. Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.