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Focus on... Agriculture and disability

There are no universal standards for classifying disability, with definitions varying between regions and over time. Despite this, disability is, undeniably, a human rights issue - one which recognises that people are disabled not only or necessarily by their impairments but by society, which frequently creates barriers to their full and effective participation on an equal basis with others.

Living with a disability in countries where the majority of people rely on agriculture for a living can have a profound impact on both income potential and nutrition. From a food security project in Bangladesh that set out to ensure the equal participation of people with disabilities, to a group of disabled individuals in Ghana engaged in commercial vegetable production, we highlight the ways poverty, food security and disability are linked, and how research and development organisations have responded to the needs of people with disabilities in their agricultural projects.

Poverty, food insecurity and disability

Poverty, food insecurity and disability

FAO's James Edge explains how poverty, food security and disability are linked, and outlines what can be done to bring disability issues into the mainstream of development.

Date published: September 2013

Mainstreaming disability in Bangladesh

Mainstreaming disability in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, a project that set out to improve the food security of 40,000 women-headed households learnt a number of lessons on the best ways to ensure equal participation of people with disabilities.

Date published: September 2013

Inclusion and survival in the backyards of Niger

Inclusion and survival in the backyards of Niger

In Niger, CMB International works with people with disabilities and their families to develop gardens with a well and simple watering canals. Not only do the gardens provide food, fodder and firewood, but they have also improved communities' attitudes towards people with disabilities.

Date published: September 2013

Making urban agriculture inclusive

Making urban agriculture inclusive

In Kenya, a pilot project has raised awareness about the importance of including people with disabilities and developed strategies to include them in urban agricultural activities.

Date published: September 2013

Landmines, coffee and rehabilitation

Landmines, coffee and rehabilitation

Working with local partners, the Coffeelands Trust - a fund which provides direct support for coffee farmers and their families - has supported the physical and economic rehabilitation of over 150 landmine-affected victims and their families in Colombia since 2009.

Date published: September 2013

Organisation: the key to overcoming disability

Organisation: the key to overcoming disability

Disabled individuals in the village of Dazuuri in Ghana have difficulty adapting to the new demands and uncertainties brought on by a changing climate and are highly exposed to the negative effects of those changes. However, dry season cultivation of vegetables has solved many problems for the blind and disabled of Dazuuri, and it's a strategy of their own design and initiative.

Date published: September 2013

Sustainable income in agribusiness for persons with disabilities

Sustainable income in agribusiness for persons with disabilities

To support people with disabilities, FAO has initiated a pioneering project in collaboration with the Thai government to promote income-generating activities for people with disabilities. The project provides training for mushroom production, processing methods, marketing and business management, all of which have resulted in the successful establishment of village-level mushroom enterprises.

Date published: September 2013

 

 

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