Sustainable intensification of agriculture and better natural resource management is only possible if women, youth, and ethnic or social minority groups have equal access to resources, information, and decision-making. With this access must come empowerment to enable them to make use of the resources and social capital they have.
As such, WLE’s core theme on Gender, Youth and inclusivity ensures that the program’s research-based solutions address issues related to equitable access to resources and decision-making surrounding natural resource management and agriculture. This theme not only looks at social, financial and institutional mechanisms to address the needs of women and youth through research, it acts to empower them by working with society as a whole to create a change in attitude and practices.
Breaking the gender mold
There are many gender mainstreaming workshops that take place each year. Few are successful at motivating behavior change. But a workshop organized by WLE partner ICARDA in Gondar, Ethiopia was different. Some researchers came to argue that gender mainstreaming isn’t necessary. They left as supporters of the approach. [Read more]
In South Asia, migration matters for women and men
As a shifting climate and economic development make agricultural-based livelihoods increasingly less viable, men are migrating from rural areas in search of better employment and opportunity. Women are usually left behind with an increased workload but limited access to capital and resources. [Read more]