Independence Nepal Joint Programme For Rural Women Farmers

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Nepal - Joint Programme for Rural Women Farmers

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posted by UN Women alias UN Women Gallery on Monday 17th of April 2017 05:12:39 PM

In Nepal, the Rural Women's Economic Empowerment Joint Programme, implemented by UN Women, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme, and funded by a consortium of donors seeks to improve women farmers’ agricultural production and income, but also changed gender-discriminatory attitudes of their male counterparts. Rural women form a large proportion of the agricultural labour force in Nepal and play a vital yet unrecognized role in agriculture that sustains nearly 80 percent of the population. Perceived mainly as care givers, their work in farming is largely undervalued. Women farmers are often paid less than men for the same work, and lack access to resources and markets due to discriminatory attitudes. However, since the launch of the Joint Programme, a new narrative is unfolding across the villages of Rauthat and Sindhuli districts. As more Nepalese men migrate abroad to find work, an increasing number of rural women are taking up farming. By improving women’s agricultural production, access to markets and leadership skills, the programme has increased their income, food security and independence. Pictured: Chandra Kala Thapa and Bir Bahadur Thapa carry newly-harvested eggplant to sell in a nearby village. With support from the Joint Programme, Chandra converted her field from grain production to high-value vegetables such as eggplant. Photo: UN Women/Narendra Shrestha Read More: www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/2/feature-women-farm...

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