Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is observed on various days in many parts of the world. Here, we are commemorating it today the 11th of May but as we do so, what does it mean to be a mother? To love, strengthen, encourage, teach, lift and to nurture the life of other human being? Yes. Women play a wonderful role.
In this journey of motherhood, our mothers endure a lot challenges. As we celebrate them, it is paramount that we remember these challenges. In most African countries, the mainstay of their economies is Agriculture. Our mothers therefore play their motherhood roles within the confines of agriculture and therefore I am going to highlight challenges of the women farmers.

Women farm for food while men do it for the money. This means that women farm to feed their families while men farm to get money which they don’t necessarily use on the family. In so doing to fulfill their motherhood responsibilities, our women face a myriad of challenges;

mothers have to undergo many problems to ensure their families don't go hungry.

mothers have to undergo many problems to ensure their families don’t go hungry.

Unlike their male counterparts, women farmers have little or no access to financial resources. This’ due to the fact that all they produce is food for the family and no surplus to for selling to earn them extra income like men. This leaves women in a situation where they can’t afford to even develop their farms nor get inputs such as fertilizers and seeds for the next season. This poses one of the greatest problems to mothers as it makes it hard for them to take care of their families.
As opposed to men, women have to endure working in poor working environment; since our mothers farm and produce only enough for the family, they don’t have money to hire labour, they have to do all the work by themselves. This is very tedious as the mothers stay on their farms for more than eight hours a day. They sacrifice; do all this to ensure that their families don’t go hungry.
Pests and diseases are a menace that affects all farmers but women are more affected. Pests and diseases are the greatest enemies to crops. While men have access to both resources and means for combating them, women are limited by their lack of access to resources. Mothers therefore resort to using free, inefficient means to control the pests and diseases. Their crops are still infested by pests and diseases lowering their farm’s productivity.
Actually, mothers have to overcome a lot of challenges in their quest to fulfill their motherhood role of feeding their families. A fact we should not forget as we celebrate our wonderful mothers. To all women of the world so I say, “Happy Mother’s day

 

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