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8 March 2015: celebrating economic empowerment for rural women

March 6, 2015

Women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day – which this year took the theme “make it happen." Emblematic of this approach are the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP), the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) and the Women In Business Development Inc (WIBDI), three organisations that have made important strides in developing economic opportunities for rural women.

womenCANROP was launched in 1999 as an umbrella organisation for women farmers, processors and crafters in the Caribbean. At the time, it had just four national chapters, but its ranks have since dramatically swelled. The network’s national chapters are currently participating in a Knowledge Management Platform project funded by CTA, which is helping CANROP to use knowledge management as a means to drive entrepreneurship among its members and develop greater food and nutrition security.

On March 8, CANROP showcased a series of 'image messages' in recognition of the work of Caribbean rural women producers

Follow the conversation on Twitter ‪#‎IWD2015‬ ‪#‎Makeithappen‬‪#‎WeareCANROP‬ ‪#‎tellingourstories‬ 

Visit CANROP's Facebook page.


wougnet copyWith a vision of a society in which women are empowered through the use of ICTs for sustainable development, WOUGNET’s primary objectives are to facilitate access and sharing of relevant information by WOUGNET members in urban and rural areas in Uganda; to provide technical support to WOUGNET members in accessing and applying ICTs in their activities; and to advocate for the integration and promotion of gender equality into ICT policies and programs.

Wougnet organised an online twitterthon to celebrate women’s day. Using #ICT4Women, the twitterthon created awareness and shared information on the important role women have played in the development of Uganda through ICT.

Visit WOUGNET's website.

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Women in business copyAs an organisation dedicated to strengthening village economies in Samoa in ways that honour indigenous tradition, use traditional and modern technology and promote fair trade, Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI) has much to be proud of. Working at local level with mainly women smallholder producers, the organisation helps them to develop sustainable businesses based on agricultural resources. It has forged links with a number of high profile regional and global trading partners, including The Body Shop, All Good Organics and C1Espresso. The organisation currently works in 183 Samoan villages, helping to promote organic agricultural enterprises that earn an annual WST600,000 (€193,000) for rural families.

The complexity and costs of ICTs can be a barrier for smallholder farmers. WIBDI has embarked on designing and commissioning a suite of mobile apps to assist its extension workers, farmers and markets.

Read the Opinion editorial by Adimaimalaga Tafuna'I, WIBDI Executive Director.

Read the interview with Adimaimalaga Tafuna’I, on CTA's Spore magazine.

Visit WIBDI's website.

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A strategy to empower ACP women through agriculture

Support for CANROP, WOUGNET, WIBDI as well as for other ACP rural women’s organisations, reflects CTA’s strong commitment to empowering women, in line with its gender strategy. Drawn up in 2014 with the aim of mainstreaming gender into all aspects of its work, the strategy is built around three main areas of intervention: engaging women in inclusive value chains, increasing their participation in policy processes and building their capacity in ICTs and knowledge management.

CTA colleague Judith Ann Francis inspires peers

juDITH fRANCIS copyIn the context of the International Women's Day, Wellington Ekaya, Senior scientist capacity building at the BecA-ILRI Hub, celebrated our colleague Judith Ann Francis as a woman who inspired him in connecting people and multiplying potential.

Read the full blog on the BecA-ILRI Hub website.


Discover CTA's online resources on women's emancipation in the context of agricultural and rural development