Re-writing women’s economic narratives: intergenerational passage of small grains disrupts Capitalism

Introduction

On the 26th of September, the Institute of Young Women Development (IYWD) hosted its annual Small Grains Seed Fair in Guruve District in Mashonaland Central Province.

This was an agricultural seed fair hosted by young women for other young women. Young women from across the province came together for this sisterly learning exchange where they displayed organic small grains ranging from rapoko, millet, sorghum and a wide range of leguminous seeds. This event was a build-up from the young women’s’ visit to Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers’ Forum (ZIMSOFF). On the face of it, one might take it lightly that young women came together, and showcased their small grain seeds. So what? This seed fair demonstrates how young women are rewriting women’s economic narratives as well as practically shaking the walls of patriarchy and capitalism.

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Source: Institute for Young Women Development