Mauritius: Platform created to assist women on sustainable development, food security

Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – A "Women, Sustainable Development and Food Security” Platform has been launched in Seychelles to support women at the level of the environment, climate change, agriculture and food security, PANA learnt Monday from official sources at the seat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) at Ebène, in Mauritius.

According to Fatoumia Bazi, Head of Mission at the IOC, “the contribution of women to food security, firstly at the level of the community, then, in the larger segment of the food market has been recognized just recently.”

Quoting from studies done by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), she said women have greater difficulties than men to obtain credits.

"It is more difficult for them to accede to land, to good quality seeds and to equipment and technology," Bazi underlined.

She said the inequalities “are obstacles to food security and sustainable development in the region of the Indian Ocean.”

This is the third platform for women created in the Indian Ocean after that of Comoros islands in September 2012 and Madagascar in March 2013.

The IOC has asked women in Mauritius and La Reunion to create their own national platforms.

"The regional platform will then be able to elaborate an ambitious programmes and focus on productive agricultural development that respects the environment and brings income," the IOC said.  

Five countries of the Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, La Réunion and Comoros – are members of the IOC.
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19 may 2014 17:51:44

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