A report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) demonstrates that the population of youth working as farmers is substantial and that farming often serves as an alternative to unemployment for many.
Almost 300 researchers and practitioners attended Seeds of Change, an interdisciplinary conference on gender equality in agricultural research for development. WLE/IWMI and affiliated researchers contribute to sessions and discussions of three day event.
A special ‘Synthesis’ issue that collates research outputs from participating CGIAR centers was one of the key action points discussed at a workshop on Land and Water Solutions (LWS) – Flagship 2 of the CGIAR Research Program Water, Land and Ecosystems.
WLE researchers based at ICRAF have authored a chapter in the recently launched GII 2018 report, highlighting the making of fuel briquettes from organic residue as an important innovation for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Researchers from ICARDA and the Gondar Agricultural Research Center introduced the “Mirt” stove to households in Ethiopia to reduce the demand for firewood, improve soil fertility, and earn higher incomes for women. enhanced soil fertility – because of reforestation, reduced erosion and the availability of more manure; and higher incomes for women.
Development agencies have struggled to find ways to help rural women overcome obstacles in male-dominated societies and to gain an education, to own land, to take out loans, to earn a living and to gain equal rights in all arenas.