Worldwide, farmers are increasingly faced with modern agricultural challenges and the need to find innovative solutions with regard to water scarcity, environmental preservation, and ways to use water, fertilisers and energy more efficiently. As the world's population continues to rise and natural resources come under continuing pressure, this approach to water and efficiency has become more urgent than ever.
There is plenty of doom and gloom surrounding the phenomenon of global warming. Apart from the heated controversy of whether it is happening or not – or whether humans are purely the cause or not – it does highlight our responsibility and vulnerability when it comes to managing our livelihoods on this, the only home we know.
If you thought that women farmers are something new, unusual or the result of a dramatic rise in feminism, think again. Women have been part of the backbone of agriculture for eons – in fact since hunter-gatherer times.