Perspectives - June 2016

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
This publication highlights the importance of empowering women in agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: Zero Hunger. Despite contributing a significant portion of labour in food production, women often face challenges due to limited access to critical resources such as credit and farm inputs. The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) works to bridge this gender parity gap by creating market linkages for female farmers, providing training in good agricultural practices (GAPs) and business management, and facilitating technology transfer. The publication presents inspiring stories of women farmers who have overcome obstacles and significantly improved their productivity and livelihoods. Assétou Kafando from Burkina Faso transformed her farm into an integrated operation and doubled her maize production through GAPs and effective storage techniques. Selina Begum from Bangladesh persevered through financial hardships and established a thriving business producing urea briquettes. Comfort Angbing from Ghana increased her income by renting agricultural machinery to other farmers. These stories demonstrate that empowering women in agriculture improves family incomes and enhances nutrition and overall well-being. The publication emphasizes the need to address the gender parity gap and ensure women's increased access to agricultural resources, knowledge, and technology for sustainable development and achieving SDG 2: Zero Hunger. Furthermore, the publication includes briefs on various projects and initiatives undertaken by IFDC in different regions, focusing on seed production, mechanization, post-harvest loss reduction, and developing specialized fertilizer blends. These initiatives aim to improve agricultural productivity, income, and food security while promoting gender equality and women's empowerment.
Dairy farming, Mechanization