Nandini addresses WTO seminar, Bats for Women Farmers
The 2021 World Trade Organization Public Forum hosted a parallel virtual session on “Rethinking Trade and Value Chains Sustainably to Benefit, and Bring Farmers and Consumers Together” in Geneva, Switzerland. A large number of prominent cooperators, including India’s sole cooperator, Dr Nandini Azad, chairperson of the Indian Women’s Cooperative Network and the Working Women’s Forum in India, addressed the session, according to a press release. published by the organization.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Nandini Azad spoke about the cooperative contributions of women farmers to trade in a sustainable and inclusive manner. She also shared her experiences in the field of the Indian cooperative network in India in promoting commercial relations between farmers and consumers.
Dr Azad said that “women contribute strongly to agricultural activities, food security and nutrition at household and community level. ICNW plays a key role in bridging the gender gap by facilitating their financial resources, gender awareness, capacity building, income, the right to land rights, especially for women farmers targeting inequalities based on genre.
“Women farmers are the future, as they grow, produce, market, connect and even communicate via cell phones (60%), etc. Marginal women farmers began to eradicate poverty by giving them experience in agriculture, dairy fishing, sericulture, etc. ICNW cooperatives, ” said Dr Azad.
Dr Azad also pointed out that to achieve economies of scale on the production side, the three new agricultural laws encourage agricultural producer organizations and cooperatives to stimulate the growth of the agricultural sector, which will facilitate investment flows. , create the necessary post-harvest infrastructure and open up market access. small and marginal farmers to obtain better incomes.
“The multilateral trade framework within the WTO also provides a forum for technical assistance for capacity building. Capacity building and infrastructure development are necessary for these economies (PMCs, LDCs), including India, for a level playing field in international agricultural trade, ”Nandini said.
There was an open and fruitful exchange of reflections between the speakers on how to better link farmers and consumers directly to drive actions towards sustainable trade by focusing, among others, on innovation, education, direct access to markets and food, balance between short and long supply chains.