by promoting appropriate technologies for plowing and post harvest which is important for easing women’s arduous and time consuming tasks and enhancing their participation in formal employment and off-farm economic activities.
The gender dimension in Uganda’s farming system according to the 2007 Human Development Report show that smallholder farmers are largely women constituting 77% of the total. Providing 55% of labor for land preparation, 65% for planting and 95% food processing and yet own only 7 per cent of the land.
Although women produce 70 – 75% of the country’ food output, the lack of control over productive household resources by women remains one of the root causes of gender poverty because their capacity to access credit for productivity enhancing inputs is severely limited. Furthermore their lack of decision making power over land, income from crops their labour produces, livestock and other family assets is a direct cause of poor nutrition and health is leaving rural women vulnerable and disadvantaged.
At the macro level, the majority of women are locked out and fail to utilize their entrepreneurial talents, first of all because of their lack of collateral and limited access to start up capital, but also because of time poverty which hinders their capacity to benefit from poverty reducing programs such as agricultural support services, market information, credit and educational activities. Women spend on average 9 hours per day on care labor activities, leaving them with very limited time for economic activities. On the other hand, their male counterpart spends only one hour on care activities
Victoria Seeds Ltd provides seed technologies, extension support and access to markets to women farmers to increase their efficiency in production, crop output and income levels. The company is continuing to lobby financial institutions and other partners, to adopt innovative financing instruments appropriate to crop farming patterns and which takes into account women’s limited control of productive household resources