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Lalutie leads

Lalutie leads

letekidan.berhane 20 November 2015

Lalutie Redi, a model farmer from Azernet Berbere, ActionAid Ethiopia’s intervention areas is elected Vice President of Africa Rural Women Farmers Forum (RWFF).   RWFF is a project of Public financing for Agriculture. It empowers African women small holder farmers to influence national and international decision makers to ensure policies respond to their needs.Lalutie associates here success to ActionAid’s women empowerment interventions in her area. She is an award winning model farmer who organizes and inspires fellow women farmers. She said that she influences women in here area to   enhance productivity using compost and employing different methods. “About two years ago, I mobilized women in my area to produce vegetable in respective gardens. We all used compost and had bumper harvest that we sold in Addis Ababa,” she said. Lalute is also a leader of ActionAid initiated Women Watch Groups in her area. Women Watch Group is AAE’s model that empowers women to work with local government sectors and traditional as well as religious leaders to stop female genital mutilation, early marriage and other harmful traditional practices. “We work to raise awareness of community and especially women; we mobilize women and other partners against harmful practices. I was awarded for my contributions to the initiative over five years ago,” she said. Lalute was elected as the second Vice President of the Africa Rural Women Farmers Forum in the Forum’s second meeting held in Addis Ababa, 12-15 October 2015. The meeting was a follow up of the first held in Rwanda, Sept 2014, where members agreed to organize annual experience sharing gatherings. Accordingly, the Addis Ababa meeting was held bringing forum representatives from around the continent to discuss national and regional issues. At the conference, participants shared ideas on the performances; they approved the Africa Rural Women Farmers Forum structure and elected their leaders. They also discussed AUC’s future will support to Africa Rural Women Farmers Forum. Thirteen African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, South Africa, Malawi attended the  Addis Ababa conference. Ethiopia was represented by four female farmers from Azernet Berbere, Kemba, Seru and Ankober intervention  areas. Another Ethiopian female food hero from North Wello was also delegated by Oxfam America. Addressing the opening session of the conference, Jemal Ahmed, ActionAid Ethiopia  Country Director promised ActionAid’s support to Rural Women Farmers Forum. He said that AAE commits to support for the reasons that women development is at the core its development program and by the virtue of its location in   Ethiopia, the seat of Union with whom Africa Rural Women Farmers Forum needs to work closely. Africa Rural Women Farmers Forum office is made up of: 1. President     Tanzania 2. First vice president     Nigeria3. Second vice president    Ethiopia4. Secretary     Uganda5. Ass secretary     Kenya6. Treasurer     S. Africa7. Finance secretary    Rwanda 8. Promotion and public relations  Ghana9. Auditor     Burundi

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