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About Us

About Us

We are a social enterprise Leadership Development Programme for rural women farmers.

We strive to create a curriculum for women farmers in Africa, providing the necessary technology and training to increase productivity, and eliminate the gender gap among farmers in Africa.

Women Who Farm Africa has three co-founders: Ruramiso Mashumba, Slyvia Tetteh, and Sussana Phiri. Ruramiso is in Zimbabwe, Slyvia is in Ghana, and Sussana is in Zambia. Ruramiso is in charge of the agribusiness component of Women Who Farm Africa’s curriculum and creates tutorial videos for the Facebook page.

Slyvia focusses on communication plans and actively profiles different rural women farmers across Africa. Finally, Sussana works on the agriculture technology portion of Women Who Farm Africa, helping to refine the curriculum with the best agronomic practices to increase food productivity and help reduce food scarcity.

Core Values

Women Who Farm Africa believes that the following values are vital to the company’s purpose: Gender sensitive in all of our programs, Supportive to women farmers, Integrity, Transparency, Assertiveness, Innovativeness, Creativity, &Inspirational

Objectives

The objectives of Women Who Farm Africa is to empower, equip, and encourage 1 million rural women in Ghana, Zimbabwe and Zambia to scale agriculture projects to commercially viable enterprises by 2025.

MISSION STATEMENT

Women Who Farm Africa aims to weaken the gender gap and provide information to the rural women farmers in Africa, providing a curriculum centered around agricultural practices in order to increase productivity and reduce food scarcity.

"The resilience needed to actualise an idea is in every woman"

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The Founders

Meet Our Team

Slyvia Tawiah Tetteh
Sussana Teriza Phiri
Ruramiso Mashumba

Slyvia Tetteh

Founder

Slyvia Tawiah Tetteh is a Cornell University fellow where gained value work experience in strategic planning and science communication. She volunteers with the chamber of Agribusiness Ghana (CAG).she is a science communicator and an advocate in the agricultural value chain.

She serves as an intermediary person between the Chamber and farmers by performing roles such as representing farmers on educational platforms to voice their grievances and also connects farmers with social, legal, agricultural and financial resources and services. She graduated from the University of Ghana Legon in the year 2016 with a BA degree in economics and information studies. Rapid and sustainable farmer growth development is her passion.

Slyvia works with women farmers so that they can farm successfully and more easily using modern agricultural biotechnology. Slyvia has been recognized by the Cornell Alliance for Science as they published her article, “Is COVID-19 a blessing or a curse to Africa?” She has also done a COVID-19 translation for her local dialect through animation.

Slyvia serves as the intermediary person between farmers and the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana, where she volunteers her time. She provides farmers a platform, so their voices are heard and connects them to resources and technology. She was invited to participate in the upcoming ICABR conference in Argentina and is writing a publication called “GMO Scarecrow and the
Irony of Farmers’ Hoes.” Finally, Slyvia has been selected by Azubi
Africa where she studies data science And soft skills.

Sussana Teriza Phiri

Founder

Sussana Teriza Phiri is a young farmer passionate about agriculture and scaling up food security. She has successfully grown maize, fresh spices, vegetables and soya beans.

Sussana relates the value she has for farming to the children she has encountered as a teacher. “Children who feed on nutritious food focus and learn better at school and also adapt themselves more efficiently to society,” she said.

She notes that her experiences of rampant pests, crop diseases, food insecurity as well as the rising effect of climate change are challenges that can be curbed if young and women farmers are well organized and equipped with knowledge and techniques from local scientific and agricultural research bodies.

Sussana has a bachelor’s degree in education from Chailmbana University.

Susanna is a young farmer from Zambia who is passionate about agriculture and improving food security. Along with Ruramiso, Sussana participated in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

She was able to contribute to the discussion on how to raise agricultural productivity and ways to increase public investment in agriculture. Since COVID-19 has canceled her plans to meet with different women and youth, Sussana has taken the initiative to improve her farming skills and experiences.

She has also been attending many online trainings, such as the Africa Foresight Academy and SADC Futures Webinar Series through CGIAR. Through these trainings, Sussana has strengthened her Understanding on agriculture and climate change planning.

Ruramiso Mashumba

Founder

Ruramiso Mashumba is the CEO and founder of Mnandi Africa, an organization that helps rural women combat poverty and malnutrition by empowering and equipping them with skills and knowledge in agriculture.

In 2012, Ruramiso inherited a farm from her parents that was just a bush with no equipment. Today, the farm is mechanized.

Two years later, she was elected to become the national chairperson of the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union, becoming the first woman in Zimbabwe to hold this position. Ruramiso has also been nominated for several agriculture awards and won the young farmer leader award.

Ruramiso holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management from the University of West England and believes technology can transform agriculture.

Ruramiso is a commercial farmer from Zimbabwe who understands the importance of seeing agriculture as a business. She has been recognized as one of Africa’s top 1000 entrepreneurs.

Ruramiso has also been awarded the Women in Africa 54 award for Zimbabwe. In 2020, she spoke at the Chicago Council Symposium about the importance of supporting small farmers with a holistic approach. She was also invited to the expert panel of an FAO event about sustainable and inclusive value chains, helped the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union get representation, and serves on the Project Steering Committee for the Resilience Hub for Southern Africa.