Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has been contacted by Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), who is seeking our support and participation in a survey in relation to the UN Decade of Family Farming. In addition, we have created some New Zealand based questions as we are doing a project with Massey University intern, Mia Cohen which will help inform our work here at RWNZ.
We would like to know more about the quality of your life as a rural resident and have created a survey seeking your feedback. We want you, as members of rural communities, to be involved with the co-design of the resources, facilities and services that you value. This can help inform further decisions, ensuring that all rural residents can lead a high quality of life.
Family Farming is a huge area to work with and ACWW is looking at family farming and solving world hunger through a woman’s lens. To inform this work and to craft solutions, given that the United Nations doesn’t have a definition that covers the provision of food for a family, ACWW would like to ascertain how many of our members are involved in farming in all its diversity i.e. providing food in whatever way to keep their family alive and the main obstacles encountered in the provision of food, knowing that the usual ones are access to finance, access to markets, land rights, not involved in decision making, transport, lack of water, soil and knowledge, etc.
This survey is not just for farmers or food producers, it is for all who live in rural New Zealand, so if you are providing food for your family, provide goods and services to the food producers in your community, or export your produce, from a quarter acre section, lifestyle block, one farm or an agribusiness with several farms and businesses, we want to hear from you.
Your contact information is optional, however, it would be extremely helpful if you would include these details, especially if you would like to work further with us. This is because we would like to carry out in-depth research by interviewing some of you to ensure the data we collect can be used in the most effective way.
Please share amongst your networks too as your and any feedback is kindly welcomed before close of business, Thursday, 3 September 2020.
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