Economic empowerment

Women continue to face tremendous barriers to success. They have limited access to productive resources such as land, finance and information that they need to their farms and businesses, and they are disproportionately affected by poverty, violence and discrimination. Investing in opportunities for women pays off: studies have found that relative to men, women tend to spend more of their income on family needs such as food, medical care and schooling.

Our Economic Empowerment Program builds the skills of disadvantaged youth and women on income generating schemes and support them to start small businesses and farms. This remains one of our major priorities.

If women farmers had the same access as men to training information and resources, they could increase production on their farms by up to 30 percent.