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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.

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

Most rural women do not participate in literacy programs because they and their husbands fail to see the value of literacy for the household economy. Literacy programs can be combined with skill-building programs as in the case of the projects implemented by the NGO 31st December Women’s Movement in Ghana.

If women gain skills with which they can contribute to the household economy (for example, by adding value to their agricultural production or handicrafts), they will be more willing to participate in such programs. Literacy classes can be combined with such projects to reach more rural women.

High levels of participation cannot be achieved in the absence of day-care facilities for small children. Governments and NGOs should integrate daycare facilities with programs targeted at improving women’s empowerment on all fronts.

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