The Vodacom Foundation has today announced plans to roll out its digital literacy programme countrywide for women farmers, following a “successful” pilot in four provinces.
Introduced last year, the programme, a partnership initiative between the Vodacom Foundation, UN Women and South African Women In Farming (SAWIF), seeks to bridge the digital and information gap by equipping women farmers with the digital skills and knowledge to run their businesses better.
Through the pilot, Vodacom Foundation said it managed to empower 600 women small-holder farmers in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape, receiving digital skills training.
Takalani Netshitenzhe, chief officer of corporate affairs at Vodacom, told the room filled with women farmers and various stakeholders that the time has come to celebrate women that have decided to claim their rightful place in society using technology.
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