on cassava cuttings and sweet potato vines, assists in the selection of female farm leaders and develops demonstration fields for women. Challenges the organisation faces include high levels of illiteracy, only limited access among women to resources, and the multiple roles they have to assume in everyday life.

“It is important to involve women and men in addressing gender aspects,” Tembo told the meeting. She also stressed the need to accept cultural specifics in a region. For instance, it was more important to get a message across than to insist on men and women taking separate seats at presentations. Further lessons learnt in the course of the project include the use of pictures from real life in imparting contents, because they are easier to understand, and the importance of encouraging women to become lead farmers who are then more readily accepted by other women than men.

The Competitive African Rice Initiative

The Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) seeks to increase the income of around 120,000 farmers in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria.