Ensuring Strong Market Linkage for Smallholder Women Farmers in Remote Ghana

Women smallholder farmers play significant roles in ensuring food security at the household and community level, however are faced with numerous constraints that affect their role in fulfilling their potential as farmers, food producers and entrepreneurs.  The Pathways project’s baseline survey conducted in 2012, revealed that 44% of women farmers in the project area had no access to market information which constrains their participation in higher order markets. Addressing this, Pathways introduced the concept of forming Market Research Committees within the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). The goal of a Market and Research Committees (MRCs) is to search for markets and facilitate the linkage...
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Pathways Ethiopia Celebrated International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is annually celebrated in all CARE Ethiopia offices to honor women for their tremendous contribution to society. This year, Pathways Ethiopia joined the wider CARE Ethiopia Country Office to celebrate International Women’s Day with innovative ideas. The annual event comprised of several contests, games and awards with the goal of raising awareness for the need for gender parity followed by women staff participation on a UN-organized women’s 5km run. The agenda for the staff gathering included...
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Celebrating International Women’s Day in Bangladesh

The Pathways program observed International Women's Day at national, division and field levels.  To observe the day, a number of events including a parade, art competition, discussion session, and conference were organized by CARE with some events organized jointly with local administration and Oxfam Bangladesh. At the divisional level, CARE took part in poster printing, the parade, and the discussion session held in Rangpur. Around 1850 participants from Kurigram, Rangpur and Satkhira attended the program. This year's theme was: “Be Bold for Change”. The objectives of the program were as follows:
  • Increase awareness about women in the changing world of work
  • Educate about Pathways; its goal, objectives and activities, and involve stakeholders...
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A Bangladesh Wage Collective: Increasing Pay for Women Workers

Araji is one of the most remote communities in northern char in the Kurigram District of Bangladesh. The community faces different climate issues including flash floods, cold waves, dense fog, and draught. According to a wellbeing analysis, there are 160 households in the community of which 4 % are classified as rich, 8 % middle class, 38% poor and 50% extreme poor. The extremely poor households mainly depend on selling agriculture wage labor and about 80% households are somehow depending on agriculture. For a long time, agricultural activities have been struggling to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. Most of the poor and extreme poor people are losing crops, and...
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Ensuring Land Rights for Women in Ghana

Kongo is one of the thirty-seven communities in the Garu-Tempane District of northern Ghana that participate in the implementation of the Pathways project. Kongo has 8 Village Savings and Loan Association groups, 8 Community Based Extension Agents (CBEA’s), and two gender champions. Project participants have received trainings in gender, good agronomic practices and other related leadership trainings. In May 2016, the chief, the Tindana (traditional custodian of the land), and the women’s leader participated in a two-day human and land rights training for 140 community leaders. The main objective of the training was to increase understanding of how secure land tenure enhances women’s land rights, increases...
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Case Study: Mrs. Begum and Her Homestead Garden

Mrs. Bibizon Begum is an owner of a homestead garden and is part of the Pathways Bangladesh program. She grows produce year round by utilizing one plot of land to produce vegetables, seedlings, and saplings through the use of improved & indigenous agricultural techniques. Mrs. Bibizon is now optimistically looking forward to expanding her production to more areas.

2 Mrs. Bibizon  lives in the village of Suverkhuthi of Uttar Bania para of sadr Upazila in Kurigram district. She has one grandson and one granddaughter, who live with her and are in school. Before beginning her garden, she was a housewife while her husband was a day laborer and sharecropper. However, it was difficult for them to...
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Meet the Staff: Arshad Hossain

Picture1 CARE Pathways relies on talented and creative staff to make its program model work in each of its country offices. In Bangladesh, Mr. Arshad Hossain, Technical Manager for Pathways in Bangladesh, is a results-driven professional with extensive experience in program Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, KM and Reporting. Arshad began working with Pathways in 2014 after coming from a position with Save the Children and Project Concern International. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters in Business Administration & Masters in Development Studies. His responsibilities include leading and guiding the implementation of research and M&E activities such as developing...
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Case Studies: Changing Gender Norms in Rural Bangladesh

Case Location: Community: North Bania para, Union: Holokhana, Upazila: Sadar District: Kurigram Do CARE's gender tools really work? Do the tools develop change agents that will help change gender norms? In the quest for these answers, CARE pathways has taken on various knowledge management and learning strategies to assess project impact on women's empowerment. One of these strategies is to engage community members through participatory group dialogues. The following success stories have emerged as a result of these dialogues.
Rausan and her husband Ferdous as well as Salma and her husband Mazidul stand as role models for their community. They have taken on the role of facilitators for gender dialogues in their community in order...
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Resilience in a Remote Bangladeshi Community: Atharai

Atharai is one of the most remote villages of Tala Upazila in the district of Satkhira, Bangladesh. It is vulnerable to climate challenges such as waterlogging, salinity, floods, storm surges, cyclones, dense fog, and droughts. Almost 90% of the households there depend primarily on agriculture. For the last ten years, farmers have been struggling to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. Rice, which is the major crop, was failing to produce the yields that had been seen in the past. The rice breeds grown in Atharai require large volumes of water for irrigation, but due to drought farmers were experiencing higher production costs. Pathways Bangladesh formed Farmers Field and Business Schools...
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Sowing Seeds of Sustainability: the Pathways-IRRI Collaboration in India

Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nabarangapur are among the poorest and most disaster prone in Odisha. CARE India has been implementing the Pathways program in these districts since 2012. The program has directly impacted 12,000 women with direct wellbeing benefits to 4,000 others in their households. Pathways India collaborated with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to provide stress tolerant varieties of paddy seeds in these program areas. Stress tolerant paddy varieties were provided to small holder women farmers. Prior to distribution of the paddy seeds, a cluster of villages was selected for seed distribution in each district. Each selected farmer was given a single mini kit of...
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