Agriculture is one of the most widespread activities in the world and has a crucial role in food production, environmental protection, landscape preservation, rural employment and food security. From a gender perspective, women play vital roles in life-pillar, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report (2015). Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. They comprise 43% of the world's agricultural labor force, which rises to 70% in some countries. In Africa, 80% of the agricultural production comes from smallholder farmers, who are mostly rural women. In Rwanda, the agriculture labor force mostly comprises poor women (86%) with lowest levels of schooling.
As a result, women remain in the subsistence agriculture of different staple crops including Sweetpotato. As the world’s men and women join hands and hearts to celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day, it is imperative to look back and recognize some of the brave women who are making a difference in transformation of their communities with support of the Rwanda orange-fleshed sweetpotato(OFSP) projects implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) and the government of Rwanda with financial support from the USAID, DFID and numerous other development partners.