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  • 6,000 jobs on the line on horticulture farms


    More than 6,000 jobs are on the line in the horticulture sector amid calls for the government to intervene and support farming which, like other sectors of the economy, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Collective bargaining circus continues


    A new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the general agriculture sector has been signed even before the minimum wages of the last one have been implemented turning the whole process into a circus.

  • Gender-based violence risk spikes on farms


    Lockdown measures imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting women at heightened risk of gender-based violence (GBV) at home and cutting them off from essential protection services and social networks. This was revealed in a Hivos-commissioned survey by Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) titled Impact of Covid-19 on the Horticulture Sector in Zimbabwe. The survey was conducted in May 2020.

  • A sector worth billions whose employees now lack food and jobs


    High food prices and loss of income have emerged as the major concerns for women working on flower farms in Kenya. A rapid assessment of the effects of COVID-19 by Hivos East Africa Women@Work indicates that food security is a major concern mainly due to job losses and increasing food prices.

  • Covid-19: Farmworkers excluded from government cushion


    Farmworkers have been excluded from the Zimbabwean government’s allocation of $600 million set aside to cushion one million vulnerable households worst hit by the national lockdown, put in place to stem the spread of new coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: workers call for OSHE legislation


    The Zimbabwean government should immediately put an occupational safety, health and environment (OSHE) legislation in place throuh a statutory instrument (SI), to address long-standing health issues affecting farmworkers, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 ravages women’s jobs on horticulture farms


    Casual workers have suffered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as most farm owners have shut the door for non-resident workers despite them constituting the majority workers on most farms, as a way to curb the spread of the virus.

  • COVID-19: Horticulture farmworkers cry out for help


    Annabella Nyoni is a 44-year-old mother of three, who works at a horticulture estate just outside Harare. The estate produces mainly roses for export. We interviewed her end of January 2020 and followed up three months later on her journey.

  • Standing strong with a positive attitude: interview with Esther Nekambi


    In this interview Esther Nekambi, Director of the Uganda Flower Exporter Association (UFEA), sheds some light on the challenges women workers face and how an organization like UFEA can help.

  • Promoting women rights in flower farms is good for business


    Examining the gendered needs and rights of employees working in the flower farms has never been timelier. While women account for 70 to 80 percent of workers in the highly lucrative horticulture sector, they are often in seasonal employment or taking on board as casual laborers. Since they are encumbered by the reproductive and care roles, flower farms seems to prefer men to women when it comes to permanent employment.