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New report reveals lack of appropriate training for women farmers

Access to agricultural training is restricted for many women (City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development)
Access to agricultural training is restricted for many women
City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development

A combination of agricultural and enterprise training for women smallholders is needed to reduce poverty in developing countries, according to a new report from City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development. "Interacting agricultural training with enterprise training can help women smallholders to manage and market their farm production more effectively, to take advantage of new agricultural opportunities," the report states. "It can also help women diversify their productive activities by branching out into non-farm enterprises."

Examining case studies in Ghana and India, Training for rural development has identified various challenges women face and practical ways of overcoming them. Low literacy levels, domestic obligations, training which is targeted at men, traditional attitudes towards women and assumptions about their role as child-bearers continue to restrict women's access to training. "Projects must address these attitudes if women's needs are to be met," the authors write. "However, projects must also understand women's current domestic duties and work within these constraints."

Overall, the report recommends a more focused approach to ensure that projects engage with women more effectively, the use of existing community structures, introduction of new skills in manageable stages, and collaboration with local government structures to ensure long term change. "With this report we want to encourage policymakers and development agencies to put more effort into focusing on women agricultural workers," explains Kathleen Collett, one of the report's authors. "We think more funding should go to that area and we also need to see projects using those funds to approach training and challenges more effectively."

Date published: April 2010

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