On International Women’s Day, Kellogg is launching a new program phase in partnership with TechnoServe to help 12,000 women who are smallholder farmers in India receive training.
Yet in many countries where TechnoServe works, women continue to face tremendous barriers to success. They have limited access to productive resources such as land, finance and information that they need to grow their farms and businesses, and they are disproportionately affected by poverty, violence and discrimination.
Investing in opportunities for women pays off: studies have found that relative to men, women tend to spend more of their income on family needs such as food, medical care and schooling.
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TechnoServe is helping enterprising women in developing countries build competitive farms and businesses to break the cycle of poverty. Our work includes an explicit focus on generating opportunities for women by connecting them to capital, networks and supply chains.
Typical approaches include:
- Supporting women-dominated income sources to grow both household income and increase women’s income control
- Jointly training both husband and wife on agricultural best practices and business skills to increase adoption rates and joint household decision-making which reduces conflict and empowers women
- Developing and driving the business case for employing, sourcing from and servicing women
- Improving women’s access to financial services and other productive inputs
- Promoting both male and female gender role models
Gender equality means recognizing that men and women often have different needs and constraints and therefore often have differing value to contribute to social and economic development. TechnoServe draws upon gender aware research and hands on field experience to design projects which understand and takes into account these differences. These projects seek to enable the full and unencumbered participation of both women and men to drive inclusive economic growth.
With the support of corporate partners like The Coca-Cola Company and Nespresso and institutional partners like USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, TechnoServe increased the revenue and wages of 110,000 women in 2015.
By 2017, TechnoServe aims to ensure that at least 40 percent of our beneficiaries will be women, in line with women's participation in agriculture and in small-medium enterprises in the countries we work in. Help empower enterprising women today by becoming a monthly donor.
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