It is estimated that 60% of smallholder farmers globally are women. In sub-Saharan Africa, this number is as high as 70%. Therefore, it is critical to ensure gender equity in programs designed to boost agricultural production, and to invest in women farmers who generally lack land rights, access to credit and incur the overwhelming responsibility of raising the children.
Our solution is simple, but radical. Give women farmers:
- The tools and training to farm sustainably
- Micro-credit loans
- Access to their own land
- Investments in labor saving technology
We will link at well our demonstration projects to women cooperatives working in partnership with the growing success of rural village food banks (see: www.foodbanking.org) and which can create sustainable food supply growth and enhance market access.
A women-to-women approach is critical. Linking women in the developed world to women in the developing world is a powerful transformational model on both ends: it produces women-led economically sustainable communities abroad and a direct lifeline for elevating gender parity and solidarity, “one woman at a time”. Along the way, we also encourage men to join our ranks and support this amazing model.