GOVERNMENT says women are disadvantaged in terms of ownership and control over land despite their major role in food production which makes up for more than 60 percent of small scale farmers. Deputy Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs John Kafuna said government was sad that many of these women did not have ownership and control over land due to inhibiting practices and traditions relating to land.
SOME Non-Governmental Organisations have called on government to come up with land policies that will promote access, control and ownership of land by women. Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA) director, Henry Machina said although most land related policies were gender neutral, they tend to neglect the interest of the disadvantaged in society especially women. He said there was need to strengthen the capacity of traditional court systems in order to promote equality concerning land rights in Zambia.