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Women Farmers get the Recognition they Deserve

An innovative USAID-PepsiCo partnership is supporting women potato farmers in India to see farming as a future Last year, if you had told Bulti Porel that she would become an official potato supplier for multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation PepsiCo and expand her farming enterprise in the process, she would have been incredulous. Women…Read More

Shyamal Pal, Potato Aggregator and Long-Time Champion of Women’s Empowerment

Shyamal Pal is a PepsiCo aggregator based in the Balitha village in West Bengal, India, and long-time champion of women’s empowerment. In his experience as an aggregator for over 15 potato seasons, he understands the importance of building relationships and maintaining frequent communication with the farmers in the area. Shyamal has been an advocate for…Read More

In Her Own Hands: Empowering Rural Women Farmers in Mozambique

A USAID partnership with agriculture company Grupo Madal is improving productive land use and providing new economic opportunities By: Thais Bessa, Gender Advisor, USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) program Joana Albrinho Ajudante and her neighbors started growing rice, sweet potatoes, and cassava on land that is owned by the Mozambican agricultural commodity producer…Read More

In Her Name: securing land tenure for women in Zambia

(Please note: This blog includes sensitive content regarding violence. It was originally published by the International Institute for Environment and Development here.) By: Thais Bessa, Global Gender Advisor, USAID Integrated Land and Resource Governance (ILRG) program While Ruth was still mourning the sudden loss of her husband, his younger brother arrived on her three-acre farm…Read More

Finding a Way to Secure Land Rights

In 1959, the Colombian government passed legislation to create national forest reserves and protect its many natural resources. The law, known as the Ley Segunda, helped to establish several national parks and protect forests from illegal logging and mining. However, for local communities and municipal governments, the law has had a lesser-known consequence: the proliferation of an…Read More

USAID Advancing Gender Norms Change for Increasing Women’s Land Rights

In recent years, countries around the world have adopted and strengthened laws that support women’s land rights, creating a foundation for greater gender equality. While this is good news, we know that women need more than laws and policies to fully realize their rights and have an equal say in decision-making about the management of…Read More