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Archive for September 2013

Microloans, Rainwater helps Women during draught

At the turn of the last century, Central Kenya received four months of Rain every year, which was enough for small scale farmers to make their living and feed their families. Today, those months have dwindled to two months. Rose Wanjiku initially resorted to irrigating from the local river, with the assistance of a pump.…

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Want to Feed the World? Go Small-Scale

According to a new publication by the U.N. Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), significant and transformative changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems if we, as a global community, intend to increase diversity on farms, reduce our use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food…

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Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing women’s work and challenging gender bias in agriculture and resource rights

Blog by Rucha Chitnis, Former WEA South Asia Program Director   “A woman is not recognized for her work,” declares Yashoda, a woman farmer in the drought-prone area of Challekere in Karnataka, India.  Yashoda is among many women farmers, who believe that they are not valued for the multiple roles they juggle as farmers, resource…

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