In Africa, the majority of rural farmers are women. Research has however shown that women are often excluded from the decision-making process and local governance. As a result, the needs of women farmers are often not reflected in local and national agricultural policy. As part of the Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) Project, FANRPAN in partnership with the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) and CropLife Africa Middle East will be conducting a three day policy advocacy training workshop from the 20th - 23rd of September 2010 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
NASFAM has selected 15 women farmers with strong leadership skills to be trained on policy advocacy issues and how they can actively participate in policy formulation. During the process they will share case studies, lead debates and discussions as part of the training and learning process. Following the training, the women farmers will be expected to take a lead on policy discussions and contribute to agriculture policy formulation in Malawi. By empowering women farmers to advocate for their concerns, the WARM project aims to ensure women farmers have what they need to increase their income and provide for their families.