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Solution for 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 ...

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.

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

Grassroots organizations can share knowledge, develop strength in numbers and lobby companies and governments to enter into deals that would benefit rural women. The cooperatives can do business and export in bulk. Such organizations can also create a support structure to consolidate women’s efforts so that women can negotiate better prices and loan conditions.

It is important to bring together rural financial institutions, the agricultural technical sectors and rural women within villages to work together in managing loans and providing technical assistance and training.

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

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