Changing the face of black women and youth as the face of poverty: An agriculture and climate change perspective
African women are seen as worthless and poor in terms of economic involvement and transformation in Africa and worldwide. We continue to be uninvolved in panel discussions and policy-making that discuss our very own advancement. We are not there when our very own poverty is planned and changed. This is not foreign to agriculture and climate change too.“ African women are not accessing resources required to feed their families and communities as well as adapt to climate change” Oxfam development agency. Click To Tweet
Climate change affects women. As women continue to be the most vulnerable to poverty, they go into agriculture to fight poverty. However, the effects of the changing climate hit African women more as they are more vulnerable to the climate each day fending for themselves and their families.
A need for investments for the African women in terms of agriculture and climate change continues, moreover current investments to the African women on climate change do not reach rural African women. Investments made to climate change do not reach rural African women as rural women are seen as a worthless group, therefore, nobody wants to invest with no returns in the rural community. There is a lot of uncertainties on who invests in climate change and do they invest because they want to bring change or they want to enforce certain policies in order to continue gain from the African continent. This leaves Africa in the same circle of poverty, more conflicted.
Therefore in changing the face of African women where climate change is concerned, a more honest dialogue needs to arise in terms of where African women fit in investments made for adoption and adaptation methods in climate change. A change will begin to happen when the very African women are invited in the discussions made to change policies that affect themselves in poverty in Africa. When we are honest about our investments we make towards African women without the urge to exploit them further, then we will begin to change the face of black women as the face of poverty worldwide.
This is a guest post by Nomfundo Zondi of Icebo Empowerment Network, South Africa.
About Nomfundo Zondi
Nomfundo Zondi, Founder of Icebo Empowerment Network, an Agri empowerment, and advocacy platform for youth and women in agriculture and climate change. Together with Icebo Consulting, consulting in agriculture and climate change.
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