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in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific
March 2019
Digital innovation to empower rural women

Digital innovation to empower rural women

Women, as producers of the majority of food in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, are the guardians of food security.

The transformation of agriculture to achieve greater food and nutrition security in ACP countries can only be realised if women gain full access to the resources that can increase smallholder productivity and incomes.

Enabling greater access to digital technologies for women and bridging this digital divide are crucial steps to achieving Zero Hunger.

Championing women and organic coffee farming in Jamaica

Vibrant reggae music, athletic prowess, flavoursome food and white sandy beaches are perhaps what Jamaica is best known for. Also coffee – but not so much the organic version. For over 20 years, Dorienne Rowan-Campbell has been working hard to change that.

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Leveraging socio-cultural push and pull factors to benefit women in agribusiness

Socio-cultural factors to benefit women in agribusiness

All communities are characterised by social norms, cultural values and spiritual beliefs that shape, define and set relational behaviours and standards. Unfortunately, women are often burdened by socio-cultural norms and values that have negative consequences – this is true of most communities in ACP countries. There is a strong case to review how these affect women’s engagement in agribusiness – and explore how social cultural factors and norms can be used to women’s advantage.

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Uganda: Lawyers go digital to reach women farmers

Uganda: Lawyers go digital to reach women farmers

For less than €1, women farmers in Uganda are accessing legal advice via their mobile phones. The SMS service, driven by an all-female team under the leadership of Hellen Mukasa, helps women to realise and defend their rights, particularly in regards to land ownership.

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Women leadership at the head of PAFO: the Integrated Rural Development Strategy

Women leadership at the head of PAFO:
the Integrated Rural Development Strategy

Fatma Ben Rejeb is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO). PAFO is a network of Farmers’ Organisations across the African continent that aims to improve communication, collaboration and information/knowledge sharing among stakeholders. It is Africa’s first continent-wide farmers’ organisation and is an important instrument for rallying direct farmer engagement on Africa’s growth and development agenda.

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Breaking barriers of access to land for women

Breaking barriers of access to land for women

This brief looks at the role formal and traditional legal systems in determining women’s access to land and other productive resources and recommends some policy reforms to strengthen the position of women in agriculture and agribusiness.

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