Rehema Mbaruku (45) is one of the happiest women in Foroforo village located 48 kilometres from Korogwe district headquarters in Tanga region.
Amid the current debates around hunger, food security and nutrition, some international development experts are calling for the 'gender gap' to be closed.  What does this mean and how can it be done? The World Bank may have the answer.
TOKYO, Jun 26 2013 (IPS) - Yukako Harada, an energetic 29-year-old, is part of a small but determined band of women farmers working hard to revitalise Japan’s moribund agricultural sector, which is feeling the crunch of an ageing population and a flood of cheap imports.
A women's fish farming project that emphasises conserving biodiversity on Lake Victoria, has been hailed by the UN Development Programme Administrator, Helen Clark.
Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change ― also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) ― must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21- ...
Results of a study presented this month revealed that the economic value of dryland ecosystems is higher in developing than developed countries, putting pressure on policymakers to prioritise dryland conservation in low-income nations.
The Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi (AgFor) project works for improved, sustainable and gender-equitable use of agroforestry and forestry products. Improving smallholder systems and markets through projects emphasizing the productivity and sustainability of forestry and agroforestry,
HONIARA, Solomon Islands, Apr 8 2013 (IPS) - The Solomon Islands, a developing island nation in the south-west Pacific Islands, has one of the highest urbanisation rates in the region, and the basic service infrastructure is struggling to cater for the influx of people from the provinces to the ...
According to the World Bank, women make up 80 percent of Kenya's farmers. Despite their majority, they still have many challenges to overcome, like gaining ownership of the land they work.
Here at National Geographic, we’d like to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting favorite quotes from our women explorers. Whether they are educating young girls in Africa, or searching for fossils in Madagascar with their two young children, we are proud to support their work.
On Fadiouth Island in Senegal, the women rise early each day to tend to children and domestic chores before beginning their work transforming local millet into couscous.
MAN is tampering with the buttons of the world’s climate machine and pushes the global ecosystem ever further to its limits. Or is it me
POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, Jan 17 2013 (IPS) - During the dry season, when dirt roads are cracked from the relentless heat, the sight of women walking miles, balancing pots of water on their heads, is common in rural Sri Lanka.
DOHA, Nov 28 2012 (IPS) – The skyscraper Qatari capital city of Doha is a far cry from Cecilia Kibe’s home in Turkana district, a remote area in Kenya inhabited by mostly nomadic communities and pastoralists hit hard by the effects of climate change.
DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- There is a disparity in women participating in science conferences, even in science fields dominated by female researchers, U.S. researchers say.
Being a women farmer in India isn’t easy at the best of times, due to unequal land rights, a lack of training and limited access to affordable credit. Now changing climate patterns are making it even harder.
STOCKHOLM, Aug 31 2012 (IPS) - As the weeklong international conference on water concluded Friday, it was left to one of the keynote speakers from the United Nations to focus on a much neglected perspective on water and food security: the role of women.
ADDIS ABABA, Aug 24 2012 (IPS) - Eight years ago Kenbesh Mengesha earned an uncertain income collecting firewood from local government forests and selling them to her fellow slum-dwellers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She would earn on average about 50 cents a day, if she was lucky.
While Cameroon’s green forest canopies appear to stretch out endlessly over the horizon, they are in fact getting smaller every year.The government is hoping that the west Central African nation’s women can come to their rescue.
Gender analysis must become integral to development policy. But the first step is to count women in, says UNCSTD gender adviser Shirley Malcom.
In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB) decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions.
A United Nations Development Program Report of 2008 states that 83% of people who die due to impacts brought about by climate change disasters are women.
The Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD), in collaboration with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), plans to publish a series of case studies highlighting best practice in gender equality policies in science, technology and innovation (STI) of governments around the world.
20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).
DANG, Nepal, Jun 15 2012 (IPS) - When Arati Chaudhary’s husband left for India to find work as a migrant labourer, the job of managing farm and family fell on her slender shoulders.
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2012 (IPS) - Unlocking women’s energies and allowing them to become drivers of change could fuel the motor of sustainable development.
VERAPAZ, El Salvador, Jun 6, 2012 (IPS) - Amanda Menjívar is moved by the sight of the 16 sewing machines donated to help a group of local women set up a sewing centre to get over the devastating effects of the disaster caused by Hurricane Ida in the Salvadoran town of Verapaz.
While women constitute the majority of food producers, processors and marketers in Africa, their role in the agricultural sector still remains a minor one because of cultural and social barriers.
SAN JULIÁN, El Salvador, Apr 30, 2012 (IPS) - María Elena Muñoz industriously weeds a clearing in the forest and then digs several holes, where she and another four dozen women are planting plantain seedlings, to help feed their families in this poor farming area in El Salvador.
MEXICO CITY, Apr 2, 2012 (IPS) - Despite the key role they play in caring for natural resources in the face of climate change, rural women in Mexico do not benefit from payments for environmental services, say activists and experts.
MANILA, Mar. 8, 2012 (IPS) - As the world commemorates International Women’s Day today, women around the globe are speaking out on various issues that affect them. In light of recent natural disasters and calamities in the Philippines, women are increasingly citing climate change as one of their ...
NAIROBI, Mar 2 2012 (IPS) - At Gakoromone Market in Meru, in Kenya’s Eastern Province, Ruth Muriuki arrives in a pickup full of tomatoes and cabbages despite the scarcity of rainfall in the area, thanks to the greenhouse technology she uses on her farm – and microcredit.
ANANTPUR, India/BARIND TRACT, Bangladesh, Feb 25 2012 (IPS) - Agriculture currently provides a livelihood for roughly 1.3 billion smallholder farmers and landless workers, of which nearly half – close to 560 million – are women.
KOVALAM, India, Dec 8, 2011 (IPS) - Standing on the shimmering white beach and gazing out at the turquoise blue waters of the Arabian sea, it is hard to believe that a decade ago this international tourist destination was under siege by mounting heaps of garbage.
DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 5, 2011 (IPS) - Talata Nsor, a 54-year-old woman from Bolgatanga community in Northern Ghana, has been weaving the cultural Bolga baskets, which are named after her community, her entire life.
CUZCO, Peru, Nov 15, 2011 (IPS) - "This year the freeze killed my crops, our small livestock died, and now I can't even sleep because I'm worried sick thinking about how to put food on my family's table, since I'm a widow," said Rosaura Huatay, an indigenous farmer in Peru's northern Andes highl ...
MEXICO CITY, Nov 14, 2011 (IPS) - After two weeks without water, the taps finally started running again in the home of Araceli Salazar and her neighbours in the poor, crowded neighbourhood of Iztapalapa on the east side of the Mexican capital.
NOAKHALI, Nov 10 , 2011 (IPS) - Char Nongolia village is a basket case when it comes to climate change impacts such as increasing salinity, frequent cyclones, tidal surges, erratic rainfall and extended droughts.
CHARIKOT, Dolakha , Nov 9, 2011 (IPS) - Suntali Shrestha wrings her hands in tension and despair as she recounts how she has been spending sleepless nights fearing that the flood alarm in her village would go off while she slept and she would be submerged.
ACCRA, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - As streams dry out, groundwater levels dwindle, and forests and other vegetation yield to droughts or sever storms, women who live their lives in the rural areas of Ghana have to spend more time and energy finding water and food for their families.
CHANGWON, Oct 19, 2011 (IPS) - Delegates to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) meeting underway in this South Korean city are convinced that women, though affected most by desertification, hold the key to addressing hunger through land regeneration.
RESISTENCIA, Argentina, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) - Rural and indigenous women in northern Argentina, hit hard by the expanding agricultural frontier, deforestation and the spraying of toxic pesticides, spoke out about their problems and set forth proposals for discussion at the next global summit on c ...
Adolescent girls and women are fundamental to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development and feeding the world, according to Chicago thinktank
The reasons for adopting genetically modified (GM) crops differ for men and women, as do levels of access to information on GM farming, and understanding these differences may benefit women and their families, a study of cotton farmers in Colombia has found.
LIMA, Sep 28, 2011 (IPS) - Some symbolic acts are powerful reflections of a broader struggle. In March some 300 women planted trees in the Santa River basin in northwest Peru to demonstrate their determination to preserve the environment and help adapt to climate change.
The Gender Policy Framework and Action Plan for the UNCCD and the Mainstreaming of Gender within the Three Rio Conventions
PENLYNE CASTLE, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) - Jamaica's Blue Mountains are coffee country. Here, up among the clouds, farmers produce one of the world's most exclusive brands of boutique coffees.
KATHMANDU, Sep 7, 2011 (IPS) - Learning a lesson from crop failures attributed to climate change, Nepal’s women farmers are discarding imported hybrid seeds and husbanding hardier local varieties in cooperative seed banks.
LONDON (AlertNet) – A lack of women in policymaking is worsening the impact of the Horn of Africa drought, U.N. and aid agency officials say.
DHAKA, Jul 26, 2011 (IPS) - Jasinta Nokrek loves nothing better than to range through the dense Modhupur forest, the way her Garo tribal ancestors have always done.