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Symposium 2010

Women as Foundation for Rural Development Policy

The Challenge

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, rural women are responsible for half of the world’s food production. They produce 60–80 percent of the food in most developing countries. They are also the main producers of the world’s staple crops—rice,  heat and maize—which provide up to 90 percent of the rural poor’s food intake.

As such, women are fundamental for guaranteeing food security and household maintenance, not only for their own families but also for the community in general. And they constitute a strong potential foundation for rural development policy.Yet many rural women are illiterate and lack the knowledge to take advantage of investment and development opportunities.

Their efforts to initiate or expand income-generating activities are typically constrained by limited access to credit and other financial services, such as savings and deposits. Despite recent efforts to increase rural women’s participation in financial markets (for example, via microcredit programs), women are still disproportionately credit constrained and unbanked.

How can illiteracy among women be eliminated and the quality of their education improved ? How can knowledge transfers to rural women be facilitated? How can women be financially supported through improved access to credit and finance? And how can the world be encouraged to focus systematic attention on the issue of empowering rural women?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Promote affirmative action to improve women’s political and economic participation in developing countries.

    Promote affirmative action to improve women’s political and economic participation in developing countries.

    Promote affirmative action to improve women’s political and economic participation in developing countries.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Provide vocational training to women in developing countries to enable them to add value to their products and bring them to market.

    Provide vocational training to women in developing countries to enable them to add value to their products and bring them to market.

    Provide vocational training to women in developing countries to enable them to add value to their products and bring them to market.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Use the media to promote women’s access to land, inputs and credit in developing countries.

    Use the media to promote women’s access to land, inputs and credit in developing countries.

    Use the media to promote women’s access to land, inputs and credit in developing countries.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Use creative approaches to eliminating illiteracy by combining literacy programs with skill-building programs. Provide daycare facilities to ensure participation.

    Use creative approaches to eliminating illiteracy by combining literacy programs with skill-building programs. Provide daycare facilities to ensure participation.

    Use creative approaches to eliminating illiteracy by combining literacy programs with skill-building programs. Provide daycare facilities to ensure participation.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
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    In developing countries, foster grassroots organizations and form cooperatives to empower rural women.

    In developing countries, foster grassroots organizations and form cooperatives to empower rural women.

    In developing countries, foster grassroots organizations and form cooperatives to empower rural women.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Include men in the process of empowering women.

    Include men in the process of empowering women.

    Include men in the process of empowering women.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Solutions concerning the “Women as Foundation for Rural Development Policy”

    The topic implies two global challenges: one is the gender inequality, another is the poverty reduction. Its theoretic hypothesis is that the gender equality and the improvement of women’s social po ...

    The topic implies two global challenges: one is the gender inequality, another is the poverty reduction. Its theoretic hypothesis is that the gender equality and the improvement of women’s social political positions could be realized through the women’s economic improvement. As a result, it aims to change the existing inequality of gender through the adjustment of the rural development policies based on the economic growth. Principles of my solutions: The gender equality and the women’s emancipation eventually rely on the awakening and striving of the women themselves. Accordingly, Education, especially the persistent women’s education of which the mental equality

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    The Barefoot Approach: Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa

    The Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa aim to improve the lives of the rural poor living on less than $ 1 a day in remote inaccessible villages off the energy grids in the 21 least developed cou ...

    The Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa aim to improve the lives of the rural poor living on less than $ 1 a day in remote inaccessible villages off the energy grids in the 21 least developed countries in Africa supplying their communities with clean, low cost, household lighting from solar energy. Since 2005 more than 140 women from Africa, many of them grandmothers, almost all of them illiterate, have trained at the Barefoot College in India. In 6 months, these women learned how to fabricate, install and maintain solar-powered household lighting systems, and have become Barefoot Solar Engineers transforming

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Influencing women and rural development policy through the 31st December Women's Movement

    I want to look at the solutions more from an African perspective as most African countries are developing and lie very low on the poverty scale. One method we have used in Ghana to significant success ...

    I want to look at the solutions more from an African perspective as most African countries are developing and lie very low on the poverty scale. One method we have used in Ghana to significant success is the establishment of strong women’s NGOs such as the 31st December Women’s Movement to galvanise women towards rural and national development. Socio-cultural biases had hitherto led to discrimination against women in terms of their ability to empower themselves to contribute meaningfully towards family income and local political and developmental issues. Under the umbrella of the DWM we educated women in villages and

    Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Change-From the Unthinkable to the Impossible to the Inevitable

    The health and productivity of rural women are essential to the economic and social well-being of a country. This is a particularly resonant statement for women in developing countries where agricultu ...

    The health and productivity of rural women are essential to the economic and social well-being of a country. This is a particularly resonant statement for women in developing countries where agriculture plays a major role in food production and family welfare. At present, rural women, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of Southeast Asia are SIGNIFICANTLY underutilized and under-productive. Many forces create this gap between potential and reality. Women’s legal rights to land, access to capital, ability to obtain healthcare, subjection to violence either domestically or from warring factions all add to the loss for the individual person, family

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Women as Foundation for Rural Development Policy

    70% of the world's farmers are women, but most programs that offer farmers credit target men. Helping women to obtain access to credit and providing them with income-generating opportunities to improv ...

    70% of the world's farmers are women, but most programs that offer farmers credit target men. Helping women to obtain access to credit and providing them with income-generating opportunities to improve their eligibility for credit are essential. We need to eliminate the current bias towards men in credit institutions. We need to create a support structure to consolidate women’s efforts, resources and agricultural output so that women can negotiate better prices, loan conditions, etc. We need to teach income-generating strategies to rural women and move women farmers beyond subsistence-level production to being able to sell part of what they grow.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Recommendations

    Women’s role as constructive and meaningful in rural development needs to be recognized through mass awareness and advocacy programs using electronic media, curriculum designing in schools and colle ...

    Women’s role as constructive and meaningful in rural development needs to be recognized through mass awareness and advocacy programs using electronic media, curriculum designing in schools and colleges and Rural Development Academies etc; Rural Womens Associations need to be formed at district level for the purposes of networking, experience sharing, and peer learning with support from the government and civil society partnership; Literacy rate amongst rural women, in particular, needs to be enhanced at all costs; Participation of rural women in the rural development policy making and legislative process must be ensured through consultative process; Focused and intensive trainings/orientation of

    Polity, Business, Civil Society

    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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    CARE SEED Program (Sustainable and Effective Economic Development in Mozambique)

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society