Tag: Horticulture and COVID-19

Tag: Horticulture and COVID-19

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

A rapid assessment of the effects of COVID-19 by Hivos East Africa’s Women@Work indicates that food security is a major concern for flower farm workers mainly due to job losses and increasing food prices.

The study recommends that the government expand COVID-19 social protections for workers who have lost their jobs, regulate the prices of food and other essential goods, and offer free mass testing, personal protective equipment, quarantine services and healthcare for the horticultural sector, amongst other measure.


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Impact of COVID-19 on Women Workers in the Horticulture Sector in Uganda

This rapid assessment report is part of a large initiative led by Hivos East Africa in collaboration with Women@Work partners to promote decent work for women in the global horticulture supply chain and focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the horticulture sector. The rapid assessment was conducted through a phone survey carried out between April 29 and May 11, 2020.

The assessment of the impact on workers presented in this report will inform and shape industry/policy measures that will be introduced to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on flower farm workers, specifically women.

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Originally published on: https://womenatworkcampaign.org/document/impact-of-covid-19-on-women-workers-in-the-horticulture-sector-in-uganda/

Impact of COVID-19 on Women Workers in the Horticulture Sector in East and Southern Africa

Impact of Covid-19 on Women Workers in the Horticulture Sector in Rwanda

No one would have imagined the effect that COVID-19 would have, in almost all sectors across the globe, including horticulture. It is within this context that Hivos commissioned a rapid assessment with an aim to establish the impact of the virus amongst women in the horticulture sector, specifically in Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Rwamagana District, where Rwanda Women’s Network implemented the Women@Work Campaign initiative in Rwanda.

The assessment used both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. In total, 28 respondents from four horticulture farms in the above-mentioned districts participated in the assessment. The study paid special focus on their current employment status, living conditions, changes in their household expenses and their outlook on their future. The understanding of COVID-19 by women workers was also of key interest for the purpose of this assignment.

Title: Impact of Covid-19 on Women Workers in the Horticulture Sector in Rwanda

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Originally published on https://womenatworkcampaign.org/document/impact-of-covid-19-on-women-workers-in-the-horticulture-sector-in-rwanda/

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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