Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Ready to grow: Investing in the future of rural women and girls

Rural women cultivate the land and grow crops to feed their families and communities, but many still lack access to the resources, opportunities, skills and services they need to farm more productively and build businesses.

They are often required to spend long hours inefficiently collecting water or firewood, impeding their productivity. They are underrepresented in decision-making about policies and strategies that shape the future of their families, homes, businesses and communities.

They have fewer market opportunities than men, and frequently have weak or non-existent land rights. Too often, they are not given an equal voice in their homes and communities.

Ready for change

While rural women are amongst the most marginalized and disenfranchised groups, they are also key agents of change. When we address gender inequality and remove the underlying barriers for women and girls, we unlock the potential for all people – men, women, boys and girls – to be equally valued and to lead productive lives.

When you empower rural women through inclusive agricultural development, the effects on education and nutrition can be transformative.

When rural women are economically empowered, they grow more, earn more, and are more likely to send their children to school and feed their families more nutritious foods. The solution is clear: empowering rural women and girls through agricultural development is key to eradicating global poverty and hunger and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

CLICK HERE to read stories of women's economic empowerment from IFAD. 

CLICK HERE to read a message from IFAD's President Gilbert Houngbo on International Day of Rural Women.

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