Category Archives: Gender

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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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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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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Adaptive Agriculture Brings a Smile to Jomila’s Face: Case Study

Case: Jomila ( age 35), FFBS Farmer. Community: South Bania para, Union: Holokhana, Upazila: Sadar District: Kurigram, Bangladesh When we reached Jomila's home to interview her on her learning, she shared her adaptive practices that are changing the lives of her family. Jomila (35), wife of Md. Huzar Ali, said, "Our village suffers from regular droughts and floods, with devastating effects on our crops. Since joining Pathways, I am no longer a victim to the weather extremes, but feel empowered to deal with the challenges as they come." Jomila shared her story: My family depends on the agriculture wage earning and we cultivate rice in the small plot of land (20 decimal)...
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Pathways at Feed the Future’s Yield Gap Conference

On November 3rd, Pathways Team Leader Emily Hillenbrand and Program Manager Salome Mhango moderated a session along with Michigan State Assistant Professor Andrew Dillon at a workshop presented by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access in Washington DC. img_1960 The session they led focused on beliefs and behavior by exploring the impacts of social networks on farmer learning and uptake of new technologies. They also discussed how underlying gender beliefs and behaviors are impediments to women's productivity and success in agriculture. img_1957   You can view the presentation...
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Celebrating International Women’s Day in Ghana

The idea of honoring rural women with a special day was put forward at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. It was suggested that October 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,” which is the eve of World Food Day, to highlight rural women’s role in food production and food security. CARE celebrated the International Rural Women’s Day in the Garu-Tempane District by acknowledging the contribution of rural women to the development of the nation. The theme of this year’s celebration was “The Critical Role and Contributions of Rural Women in Enhancing Agriculture and Rural Development, Improving Food Security and Eradicating...
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Pathways Presentation at IFPRI Workshop on Gender, Just Food, and Nutrition Security

Pathways presented a paper during the national conference on ‘Gender, Just Food, and Nutrition Security in India’ on August 29, 2016 in New Delhi, India organized by the India Food Security Portal, IFPRI. Pathways’s presentation highlighted key findings from the Pathways India program and discussed how SHGs emerged as a vehicle for empowering women and fostering a sense of collective confidence and strength among women smallholder farmers in India. The paper was included as one of the case studies that was distributed among the workshop participants. The event brought together national policy makers, researchers, donors and implementing agencies to present the most recent evidence on gender and food security...
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