Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) is undertaking massive training across the country targeting the marginalized groups, on how to add value to agriculture products.
AWAK initiative dubbed ‘we care project’ has set out strategies aimed at lessening the burdens that women encounter doing the household chores and engaging them in businesses and other income-generating activities.
AWAK Chairperson, Judy Matu, while speaking, yesterday, during the ‘we care project’ training held at Agricultural Training Center in Kitui town, lauded collaboration with the Kitui County Government, noting that their joint mission will push for funds to be set aside for women and other marginalized groups, to make sure their burdened are lessened and empowered.
“AWAK is a national platform that focuses on building the capacity of small-scale women in agriculture and vulnerable mothers. We build the capacity to become informed decision-makers and key industry players, where we train on good agricultural practices and resilient farming methods, focus on value addition, financial inclusion and also advocacy,” Matu said.
Ms. Matu also disclosed that Kitui County is the third county in Kenya to be trained on the ‘we care project’ after Nairobi and Kiambu and that they will be conducting the training in all the counties across the Country.
She explained that the training will enable women to get educated on ways that they can engage in income-generating activities, as they also continue with their household duties.
Kitui County Government, Executive (CEC) Member of Gender, Sports and Culture, Dr. Hellena Ken, lauded the AWAK initiative and promised that the County will work together to ensure its success.
“We are focused on giving more time to women, because we realized our context in Africa and Kenya to be specific, women take a lot of time to do households at home and that’s why we as Kitui County are grateful to AWAK for bringing such initiative here,” said the CEC.