We should all be feminist, even in agriculture

I am an avid TEDx Talks fan who is constantly on the lookout for new talks that will stimulate discussions among my friends and colleagues. Thus, when I saw this video from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I knew I had to share it with you guys. 


About this video: In her TEDx Talk she offers you a little insight into her life and how she discovered she was a feminist. Then she enlightens viewers on her thoughts about feminist. You won’t get any spectacular insight into women in agriculture nor does she share her views on the role of women in farming. However, the points she makes I believe are related to issues that affect women in every profession, country and socioeconomic background.

Feminism is not the horrible thing that some people make it out to be. I will let you in on a little secret – I am a feminist. We are always asking for change and the empowerment of women in agriculture and maybe we could learn a little lesson or two from the women’s movement on how this can be done.  

“Culture does not make people, people make culture” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


8 thoughts on “We should all be feminist, even in agriculture

  1. Nice find! How can i relate this to agriculture? Are the problems faceing small farmers the same for men and women? I like the part about what culture is and I think we should be creating a culture of food production, what do you think about that?

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    • Hi Damian. Feminist discussions center on gender roles and social equality. In particularly among the sexist, races, nationalities and ethnic groups. In the Caribbean we have experiences gender issues in agriculture. Which affects women’s access to resources such as land and finances.
      The problems faced by male and female farmers vary which as she mentions in the video is part of the problem. Many of us don’t see the difference and we try to solve the problems the same way. But the point is different problems require different solutions. I also like the part of culture and have always believed that we create our own culture. From what I see in social media lately we are will on our way to creating our own culture of food production. Thank you again for your comments, I hope I was able to answer your questions.


      • Men and women have varying access to land for farming? Or is that because women don’t do manual type labour anymore? How much women are in construction? Not many! In fact women were house wives until civilisation was built, then as jobs became more easier women started to work. So to put your theory to the test we have to look at ‘new crop tecknology’ where the manual labour is less intence……….here its women I charge.


      • In response to your first question please view http://bit.ly/1hgDvD5 and http://bit.ly/1mKpuMZ for more insight. I know lots of women involved in construction and work that was once consider male oriented. While physical endurance and strength does play apart in women’s ability to perform some task on the farm one must first look at access to resources to farm. For example, I work in the area of land management and its a very low percentage of women who have agricultural leases. This results from cultural, men generally inherit ownership of land.


      • Your spot on with your views so far, I would like it very much if sometime in the future you could expand the topic some more, I really would like to hear about the strengths of women in agriculture. In any case I await your next post. Keep up the good work.



      • This was actually supposed to be an introduction to a more indepth post on the subject but I got distracted with the day job and have not completed it yet. Thank you for reading and sharing your views as well. Hopeful I will get the time to complete this project after my exams. Stay tuned 🙂


  2. Hi Shercb, I really enjoyed what Chimanda had to say in the video and I am on the look out for her book but have not found it. Thank you for the kind words about my blog I really appreciate it.


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