Tag Women for Expo

Women for Expo 2015 – Interview with Nkiruka Nnaemego: Agriculture Is Something to Be Proud Of

Too often, people look down on agriculture and farming and view them as sectors merely for the poor and illiterate. Such is the view of Nkiruka Nnaemego, the founder of the Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative NGO, as well as being a lawyer and proud farmer/agro-entrepreneur. In this interview for Women for Expo, a project promoted by Expo Milano 2015, Ms. Nnaemego discusses her work in encouraging young people to get involved in agriculture and how her organisation ”needed to change people’s views, in particular those of young people, regarding agriculture”.

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Women for Expo 2015 – Interview with Neema Namadamu: The DRC, A Country Where Women Are Second-Class Citizens

While women’s rights worldwide have taken impressive strides forwards in recent years, in the words of Neema Namadamu, a disability rights and women’s rights activist who has worked for the DRC’s Minister of Gender and Family as well as for several rights organisations, in the DRC “women live in a cultural hell supported by twisted religious views”.

In this interview for Women for Expo, a project promoted by Expo Milano 2015, Ms. Namadamu discusses the difficulties facing both women and people with disabilities, the domination of men in Congolese society and how “the role of women in the Congolese economy is largely unsung”.

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Women for Expo – 10,000 fair food gardens in Africa

With almost 20 years’ experience at Slow Food International, in 2005 Serena Milano took up the role of secretary general of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, which promotes small-scale quality products around the world.  The Slow Food International Foundation for Biodiversity has launched an ambitious project in Africa to protect biodiversity and support local food cultures. But can developing countries really afford to promote organic agriculture? This interview  is part of Women for Expo, a project promoted by Expo Milano 2015. continue reading »

Women for Expo 2015 – Interview with Kevin Akoyi: Changes will come from private sector

Leuven – The African continent has been burdened for too long by its past and both Europe and Africa need to embrace “the world of today and the changes that have occurred.” In this interview with, conducted in the context of WE – Women for Expo, a PHD Student at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven who for 20 years has worked for several organisations supporting viable livelihoods for smallholder farmers both in Uganda and wider Africa, discusses democracy, aid effectiveness and the role of private sector in Africa as well as “the importance of empowering African women”.

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Women for Expo – Esther Muiruri: Farming from subsistence to business

The challenge of helping African farmers transition from a system of subsistence farming to a more modern system with wider access to markets is both challenging and rewarding, according to Esther Muiruri, the General manager of agri-business at Equity Bank, Kenya.These people have both the capability and the willingness to become self-sufficient, they just need the right support”, she notes in this interview with, conducted in the context of WE – Women for Expo.

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Expo 2015: Tacko Ndiaye (FAO), Women’s ongoing fight for land rights

Women’s position in African society, especially with regards to land rights, is often one that is beset by discrimination, both legal and cultural according to Tacko Ndiaye, Senior Gender at the FAO Regional Office for Africa.

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