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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.

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

Women already produce half of the world’s food production and this ratio is higher in developing countries. But they generally lack training in how to add value to their products, how to participate in modern value chains and how to manage small businesses. Focused training on these fronts should be provided and institutionalized. Rural women’s associations and cooperatives can be promoted to provide such training programs.

While basic education may remain the prerogative of the state, other stakeholders have scope for action: local entrepreneurs can organize specialized business start-up courses; civic institutions can provide training and technical advice in new farming techniques; and experienced entrepreneurs can act as mentors. Mentoring can also reduce the extent to which traditional views about the role of women and men still affect the choices that women make when pursuing vocational training.

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