A conversation with Ms. Stephanie Hervey on the Women in Agriculture (WIT) BOAF initiative.
[02/10, 07:00] Mutumwa Mawere: Morning
[02/10, 07:27] Stephanie Hervey: Greetings this morning.
[02/10, 07:27] Stephanie Hervey: I have a few suggestions about building a forum.
[02/10, 07:28] Mutumwa Mawere: Morning
[02/10, 07:28] Mutumwa Mawere: I am all ears.
[02/10, 07:30] Stephanie Hervey: 1. Submit a description of what the forum is about.
[02/10, 07:30] Mutumwa Mawere: Listening
[02/10, 07:30] Mutumwa Mawere: I hope Jesus will receive the submission. Hahahaha
[02/10, 07:31] Stephanie Hervey: Jesus died and ain’t coming back.
[02/10, 07:32] Stephanie Hervey: 😁
[02/10, 07:32] Stephanie Hervey: He left me in charge. Lol
[02/10, 07:33] Mutumwa Mawere: That is the spirit. Now talk to me about what you think the forum should be about?
[02/10, 07:35] Stephanie Hervey: I think WIA is too broad for everyone. We need to create subgroups for those who are looking for something specific. That will allow us to have more than the max participants if we want.
[02/10, 07:35] Mutumwa Mawere: Who is everyone?
[02/10, 07:36] Stephanie Hervey: I mis spoke. Some people.
[02/10, 07:37] Mutumwa Mawere: Who is some people? Am I talking to Stephanie or I am talking to some people through you?
[02/10, 07:39] Stephanie Hervey: Ag cultivation…Ag processing & packaging..Ag distribution…Ag business support…Ag funding…Ag Policy
[02/10, 07:40] Stephanie Hervey: The people that left the group yesterday. Joined but left. Not because they weren’t interested.
[02/10, 07:41] Mutumwa Mawere: Can we start by talking to each other? I am now getting the idea that I am not talking to you as a person but as a super you representing others. Hahahaha
[02/10, 07:41] Stephanie Hervey: Otherwise they would not have joined.
[02/10, 07:41] Mutumwa Mawere: Should you worry about barking dogs if you have to go somewhere?
[02/10, 07:42] Stephanie Hervey: I am referring to the need for a description. And sub categories.
[02/10, 07:43] Mutumwa Mawere: Do you agree that knowing you is sufficient and the primary purpose of the platform is for each one of us to play our parts? Imagine we just focused at populating the platform with people we know. Just imagine the power of groups of connected people.
[02/10, 07:45] Mutumwa Mawere: Do you agree that even families belong to a group of humans as subgroups and even marriage occurs automatically in the context of human life.
[02/10, 07:45] Stephanie Hervey: Yes I agree.
[02/10, 07:46] Mutumwa Mawere: If you agree, then the question is what can you do to raise awareness of the existence of this human grouping using celebrating agriculture as a cause and highlighting the role of human actors including women in making it happen.
[02/10, 07:48] Mutumwa Mawere: Do you know, I don’t even know your surname? Let us start there. What is your surname?
[02/10, 07:48] Stephanie Hervey: 😲🙈
[02/10, 07:49] Stephanie Hervey: Stephanie Hervey.
[02/10, 07:49] Stephanie Hervey: Mr. Maware.
[02/10, 07:50] Mutumwa Mawere: I am relieved. At least now we can start talking as humans and not as groups. My full names are: Mutumwa Dziva Mawere.
[02/10, 07:55] Mutumwa Mawere: Imagine absent the idea of WIA, how would I have known you and expanded my bank of possible solutions?
[02/10, 07:56] Stephanie Hervey: Would have happened anyway as it was meant to be. Nyasha is quite the connector.
[02/10, 07:58] Mutumwa Mawere: I am talking about what has happened through a passion for agriculture and the instrumentality of Nyasha. Do you agree that absent an interest in agriculture, the facts of our meeting could very well have been different?
[02/10, 08:02] Stephanie Hervey: Yes. You could have met me at a conference and eventually interviewed me on your show as a security threat or political prisoner….or a mom who is buiding a business with her underage childern.
[02/10, 08:04] Mutumwa Mawere: Do you agree that sharing how we met may provoke, ignite and inspire someone to join our love of problem solving and community building using agriculture as a hook?
[02/10, 08:04] Stephanie Hervey: Yes.
[02/10, 08:05] Mutumwa Mawere: Do you agree that all too often we fail to share simple things and yet wish to build groups and subgroups in the abstract of concrete human experiences? [02/10, 08:15] Stephanie Hervey: Yes. Too often.
[02/10, 08:17] Mutumwa Mawere: Great. We have spoken about many things and yet you told me your surname and proceeded on the assumption that I had absorbed this. How many times do we keep going without investing in knowing each other?
[02/10, 08:20] Stephanie Hervey: We have a great work a head of us. The investment has started over the last couple of days. We will more than know each other. I am looking forward.
[02/10, 08:21] Mutumwa Mawere: So how best can we celebrate agriculture using women as a vehicle?