Agriculture’s Wonder Women named
Agriculture is a tough job usually reserved for men. In the Philippines, where farming is considered as a family labor, gender gap remained widely visible, especially in terms of pay and division of work.
In line with the celebration of the International Women’s Month, CNN Philippines recently released a list of women – which includes Angie Ipong, Zenaida Soriano, Charlene Tan and Berna Romulo-Puyat – who are making changes in the agriculture sector, providing leadership to laying down policies in ensuring stable food production of the nation.
Angie Ipong of the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) is know for her book, which tackles the most common misconception and perception of farming, as well as true reform needed for the agriculture sector to mover forward; while Zenaida Soriano of Amihan Women spent 20 years fighting against human rights violations and militarization which leads to the continuous oppression among peasant women farmers.
Charlene Tan of the Good Food Community, meanwhile, champions fresh and sustainable food production through community-shared agriculture, which is seen as a viable way to uplift life of smallholder farmers in the country.
On the other hand, Berna Romulo-Puyat is the undersecretary for agribusiness, marketing, and regional engagement for the Department of Agriculture (DA), helped empower vulnerable sectors, such as women by connecting the farmers and producers to markets and building demand, and creating “gender-friendly” programs.