Tag: Horticulture and COVID-19

Tag: Horticulture and COVID-19

A Rapid Assessment on the Impact of COVID-19 on women workers in the horticulture sector in Kenya

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in severe consequences to the global economy. The surging economic crisis being witnessed globally has further widened existing gaps in countries’ preparedness and response systems. With the world’s economy largely relying on agriculture, the horticulture sector is rated among the top foreign exchange earners with Kenya ranked as the leading exporter of fresh produce and cut flowers to the European market. Within the horticulture sector, floriculture has been one of the worst hit by the pandemic recording huge losses due to lockdowns, closure of flowers markets in Europe and cancellation of international flights. Read More

FLOWERS STILL BLOOM even in a pandemic

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been devastating. In this documentary we feature untold stories of the lived experiences of women working in the horticulture sector in Kenya and ways some farm management are responding, coping and recalibrating amidst the uncertainties. Since 2017, FEMNET in partnership with Hivos have been implementing the Women@Work Campaign with an aim to empower women working in the horticultural sector and advance decent work. Through various interventions in pilot farms in Kenya, FEMNET has been enhancing the leadership capacities of women and men leading committees and trade unions, by equipping them with necessary skills to influence individual and workplace decisions. FEMNET has also been supporting farm management to review and adopt gender-responsive policies and practices as well lobbying for gender equality and decent work at national, regional and international policy spaces. Watch here

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