Women forging change – Dec 2015 – Issue 17.4

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“If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20–30 percent”, says FAO. Inspite of access to resources, women are still the major force for farming to continue. Women are the defacto custodians of local culture and bio diversity. They are the ones pioneering family farming which is primarily responsive to household needs – be it food, nutrition and income.
Empowering women by building capacities and confidence, utilizing existing skills and providing support where necessary and integrating all the farm based activities through recycling, are some of the factors which can bring the poor women out of poverty. The experiences in this issue show that when women farmers are meaningfully included in agricultural development opportunities, not only do farms become more productive but overall family health improves too. It is repeatedly proven that what they rightfully need is an ‘opportunity’, enabling conditions, a little bit of encouragement and guidance, where necessary.


Gaining identity as farmers – A case of women collectives in Kerala

Geethakutty P S

Birbhum’s tribal women show the way

Saroj Kumar Pattnaik

Leading from front – Case of Allu Narayanamma

Ranchitha Kumaran and Siva Krishna Babu

Beating malnutrition through vegetable production

Nirmala Adhikari

Back to farming

Usha S, Deepak R and Manju Nair

From poverty to prosperity

Shaikh Tanveer Hossain

SRI: A practice that transforms the lives of women

Sabarmatee Tiki

Gaining from collective efforts

Pradeep Kumar Panda

Adding value to lives

Anithakumari P and V Krishnakumar

Organic vegetable farming by women

Hirdesh Kumar Chunera

Cultivating prosperity

Ganga Ankad

Sustainable and resilient farming – Women Collective’s efforts

Sheelu Francis and Sara Calmius

Farmers Diary: Agro ecology – key to prosperity

K Revathi

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Challenging food insecurity through community action

T K Omana

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