Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All

Hannah Karanja on a field in Kenya

Rural women play many essential roles related to agriculture. They are growers, farmworkers, sellers, food preparers – and sometimes much more. However, they often face major disadvantages. Our efforts to empower women continue to produce remarkable outcomes. Here is an example from the NICE project in Kenya:

60-year-old widow Hannah Karanja used to farm sugarcane in Busia County. This type of agriculture was less sustainable. So Hannah started growing crops like soybeans, maize (corn), and millet. More recently, the Nutrition in Cities Ecosystems project, NICE, introduced her to orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. Hannah believes this nutritious crop will earn her a good income. But she is an entrepreneur in other ways, too: She owns a Farmers' Hub, serving other smallholders in her area. She also uses her farm for demonstrations to teach them good agricultural practices.


This is what Hannah Karanja has to say

Agriculture is profitable, and I encourage other members of my community to grow good food. I am grateful to the NICE project for helping me to learn, try new things, and increase my productivity. I can now feed my large family, help those who are less fortunate, and still have extra produce to sell.


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Hannah in the field
Hannah solo on the field in Kenya