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3.2 At a plenary

3.2 At a plenary discussions it was evident that the challenges provide opportunities. On the question what should be done, women famers propose the followings; Possible solution to Challenge #1. Engage local leaders and national leaders including Ministries of Lands and Agriculture on gender equality in ownership and utilization of productive factors of production Possible solution to Challenge # 2. Women SSFs proposed that there is need to pay greater attention and recognize this role and support women empowerment initiatives and promote gender mainstreaming and equality in the region. Women should also be empowered to meaningfully participate and influence policy making in the Malabo Declaration, CAADP processes and the SADC RAP IP so that such policies can promote women issues in the entire agricultural value chains. Possible solution to Challenge # 3. ESAFF and other CSOs to continue seeking ways of amplifying women SSFs’ voices in the policy making processes especially by engaging the SADC FANR in the SADC RAP IP and there is need for capacitating other women SSFs with skills to engage at national and regional levels as well as assess how women can engage their focal points. Possible solution to Challenge# 4. Women SSFs agreed to do away with the dependency syndrome of agricultural finance and form cooperatives and clubs. The SADC RAP advised that there would be a deliberate attempt to ensure that the SADC RAP IP and the Agricultural Development Fund support women issues and ensure that the SADC RAP IP should be financing women SSFs. Possible solution to Challenge # 5. Promotion of agro-ecology and preservation of indigenous seeds including allowing SSFs to sell and exchange these seeds including promoting exchange visits to Agro ecology schools for farmer to farmer learning experiences on agro-ecology. Need also to venture into value addition by SSFs. Possible solution to Challenge # 6. Promotion of low cost rural technology centers targeting women to boost agricultural productivity Possible solution to Challenge # 7. Engage local, national and regional governments to make it a deliberate effort to support women SSFs in agricultural activities especially in the rural areas. After the deliberations it was noted that women small holder farmers face the same challenges and these include, marginalization in agricultural policy making, lack of access to agricultural financing because they do not have collateral security, disappearance at higher rate of local seeds and poor rural infrastructural and energy sources development. It was also noted that women and youth have challenges to access, own and utilize agriculture land due to customary laws, norms and culture. 6 | P a g e

4. SADC FANR Presentation by Martine Muchero (SADC RAP Coordinator) Mr. Martin Muchero made three presentations focusing on the SADC RAP and its Investment Plans: Opportunities for SSFs. The mmain focus was on how women SSFs can leverage the opportunities arising from the cordial relationship that has existed between ESAFF and the SADC FANR Directorate since 2013. 4.1 In presentation one, Opportunities for SSFs in the SADC RAP IP He said that the main four focus areas in the SADC RAP and its IP are in line with the CAADP principles. It provides a clear pathway to linking up with the CAADP principles at regional level and the RAP IP is the one that focuses at sectorial investments in each focus area. The RAP IP provides for an Accelerated implementation of the RAP through establishment of the Agricultural Development Fund for financing the policy focusing on the following areas: • Production and productivity (all commodities) • Markets and Trade • Finances and Agricultural investments and promotion of private sector investments. • Cross cutting issues (climate change- vulnerability and resilience, women and youths as well as other marginalized groups.) 7 | P a g e

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