By KENNEDY MUPESENI -
THE Zambia Federation of Women in Business (ZAFWIB) has trained more than 100 women in agriculture techniques in Lusaka to equip them with modern farming skills.
The Federation is also in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Indian Agriculture Equipment Company to equip women small holders farmers in Lusaka.
Board chairperson Nancy Kawandami said the federation had trained more than 100 small holder farmers in Lusaka in order for them to run their farming activities as a business.
“We have undertaken to train women in agricultural techniques, because this is very critical in enhancing crop yields which is the only way women could fight poverty and contribute to economic development of the country ,” Ms Kawandami said.
Giving her over view of 2013 in an interview in Lusaka, Ms Kawandami said the year had been challenging for women in business in the country but that the federation managed to score a lot of successes.
Among the success, were the successful holding of a month of women entrepreneur in September, the rebranding of ZFAWB to be an umbrella board for Femcom an organ of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
She also cited the impending signing of an MoU with an Indian Company and training of women in agric techniques as other successes during the year.
Ms Kawandami said the federation was in the process of securing 20 hectares of land in Lusaka where farming activities would be carried out after the equipment was secured in form of loans whose figure she could not disclose.
She further said the women would be put in groups of 25 and that, each group would be given a set of equipment to use.