“Etre agricultrice, c’est plus difficile”: women farmers on La Reunion

An unusual initiative of the Association Espace Ajoupa last Saturday 11 March created a platform for discussion of some of the issues that women farmers on Reunion face.

Through the medium of theatre, their problems, as well as other issues like violence, pollution and unfair competition were debated. Despite forming an essential part of the island’s economy, women farmers face competition from large scale farming, as well as social prejudice from male farmers. More information and a link of an interview with Murielle Lebon, proud “agricultrice”, is on http://www.ipreunion.com/photo-du-jour/reportage/2017/03/11/semaine-des-droits-des-femmes-la-manifestation-fanm-later-s-est-deroulee-ce-samedi-espace-ajoupa-quand-les-femmes-se-battent-pour-leur-terre,58811.html.

According to online figures of the Reunion Chambre of Commerce, the island has 7623 plots, worked on by 7872 farmers of whom 1269 are women. Adding family and farmhands brings Reunion’s total employment in agriculture to over 21,000. 96,5% of plots, 7358 of the plots are smaller than 20 acres (96,5%) mostly producing sugar cane (57%) and some other crops. Around 30% of Reunion’s export value comes from sugar cane production. http://www.reunion.chambagri.fr/spip.php?rubrique55




Radio interview with Natalya Vince, discussing the roles of Algerian women after independence.

In the 11 March 2017 episode of the history programme Fach’hadou on Chaine 3 (link below courtesy of www.radioalgerie.dz), Natalya Vince explores the participation of women in Algerian society after independence in 1962. She discusses the drivers of the early successes included a level of participation of women in Algerian politics ahead of its time. A backlash followed their efforts at mobilisation in the 1960s and despite educational advances, marginalisation set in during the 1970s and 1980s.

For other weekly episodes exploring Algerian history, go to http://www.radioalgerie.dz/chaine3/fachhadou