Platform launched to support women and youth in agriculture

Source: Kwanalu/Bizcommunity, 28 June 2021, photo credit: Harvest SA

Kwanalu has launched its Kwanalu Women in Rural Entrepreneurship programme (WIRE), a project-funded platform to provide women in rural entrepreneurship with knowledge, skills and tangible opportunities to support themselves and their communities, and to sustainably participate in the agricultural value chain.

The programme also coincides with the launch of Kwanalu’s Youth in Rural Entrepreneurship programme.

Both programmes, headed up by Dr Kathy Hurly, are the first of their kind in the South African agricultural landscape and will see women and youth in the sector, and beyond, interact on the platform, and be directly linked, with producers of technology, insurance, services, extension, training and education and new and potential markets.

“The tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic has projected digital tools into every home and workplace, with every sector rapidly transforming into the digital age. This provides agriculture with an excellent prospect to leverage the digital wave, and we at Kwanalu have identified this opportunity,” said Hurly.
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