Impact of Covid-19 on Women Workers in the Horticulture Sector in Rwanda

No one would have imagined the effect that COVID-19 would have, in almost all sectors across the globe, including horticulture. It is within this context that Hivos commissioned a rapid assessment with an aim to establish the impact of the virus amongst women in the horticulture sector, specifically in Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Rwamagana District, where Rwanda Women’s Network implemented the Women@Work Campaign initiative in Rwanda.

The assessment used both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection. In total, 28 respondents from four horticulture farms in the above-mentioned districts participated in the assessment. The study paid special focus on their current employment status, living conditions, changes in their household expenses and their outlook on their future. The understanding of COVID-19 by women workers was also of key interest for the purpose of this assignment.