‘The industry needs dresses’: Why Leeko Makoene wants more women to join farming

Agriculture entrepreneur Leeko Makoene is encouraging aspiring female farmers, especially young black women, to not be afraid to enter the agriculture sector, saying the industry needs “feminine” creativity and a woman’s touch to help address the challenges it faces.
Makoene, 41, is the founder and CEO of Made with Rural, a platform that helps “professionalise small-scale farmers and creates opportunities for them in the marketplace” while connecting them with much-needed suppliers and consumers.