Women and Agriculture
Women provide most of the agricultural labour in developing
countries. Our support for both research and action to help improve rural
livelihoods and the sustainable use of natural resources is increasingly
focusing on the different needs of women and men.
A new project in Mozambique, for example, aims to increase
household food security for poor people in Zambezia Province. Women are involved
in farmer research groups, as community workers, and in a village banking
scheme. Tools to ease the burden of labour-intensive farm work and reduce
associated health risks to women are also being developed.
The Western and Eastern India Rainfed Farming Projects support
women's practical needs, with tools, income generation, credit and savings
schemes The strategic role of women in village institutions and the management
of farming systems is increasingly being promoted.
We have also supported land reform initiatives, for example in
Tanzania and Zimbabwe, which seek to secure women's rights to land ownership and