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International Day of Rural Women 2014

Empowering rural women with knowledge in ensuring food security

October 15, 2014

It is a fact that in many of the world's poorer countries women play a vital role in the rural economy. They are the most involved in crop production and livestock care for their families’ livelihoods.

Women IRRI

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Recent statistics indicate that women comprise about 43% of the agricultural labor force globally, and up to 80 % in some African countries. In sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, women produce 60-80% of basic foodstuffs. This needs to be encouraged to reduce 100-150 million fewer people going hungry in the world. However, 500 million women live below the poverty line in rural areas around the world. 

As the world is celebrating the International day of rural women, at CTA, we recognise the huge role women play in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The Centre provides resources to support women’s empowerment and capacity building in agriculture across Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions.  

Moreover, through our 30th anniversary campaign, we promote the power of knowledge as key in bringing about life-changing opportunities to women in rural communities.  

Even with little or no status, rural women need to secure land rights and to access vital services such as credit, inputs, extension services, training and education. This celebration is important to draw global attention to supporting rural women and to give value and credit to their work.  

Learn more how ACP rural women are making their mark and experiencing much success.  

Women In Business Development Inc (WIBDI) 


Photo credit: WIBDI

Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP)