Category Archives: Land Rights

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 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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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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Field Notes: Working with Landesa in India

band As a Pathways intern, this summer I was able to spend time supporting Pathways with both CARE Bangladesh and CARE India. A major component of the Pathways India Program has focused on improving women’s land rights to bring about transformative change in communities. Gaby and I were able to meet with Landesa, CARE’s technical partner specializing in land literacy awareness, to learn about how they have contributed to the Pathways program. Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development...
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The Change Agents: Changing Gender Norms in Rural Bangladesh

rausan Do CARE's gender tools really work? Do they help develop change agents to challenge gender norms? The story of Rausan Ara (age 45) and Salma (age 36), along with their husbands Ferdous and Mazidul, helps to shed light on such questions. Rausan and Salma, along with their husbands, are role models in their community. While facilitating different gender dialogue sessions using daily clock, access control matrix, and mobility mapping exercises, Pathways identified these model couples who have been working as change agents within their community.   Before the session, the couples had been playing a positive role, but Ferdous and Mazidul were...
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A Pathways Woman Blocks a Land Grab: The Story of Naomi Mwale

malawi Naomi Mwale, 49, lives in Kapyola village Traditional Authority Njombwa in Kasungu district in Malawi. Born in a family of four, with two brothers and a sister, Naomi comes from a Chewa clan. She is happily married to Mr.Olwin Mwale,  a primary school teacher, and together they have four children. In addition to her husband's job as a teacher, the family grows various crops including groundnuts, soya, tobacco, and maize. Naomi joined the Pathways project in 2013 where she acquires knowledge and skills on groundnut and soya production. She decided to join Pathways after she saw the...
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Secure Land Rights for Forest Health and Secured Incomes

Baimaha is one of the villages of Kandhamal district in Odisha where CARE India is implementing the Pathways project. The village comprises of 18 households, all belonging to Scheduled Tribes community, with a total population of 89 persons (44 males; 45 females).

The community in Baimaha, especially the women, express their joy and feeling of empowerment when one mentions their forests. This was not so, till not very long ago. For the tribals of Baimaha, the forest adjacent to their village has been the primary source of sustenance, in the form of fuelwood for kitchen-hearths and a variety of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for food...
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