Rural women are key to a sustainable future. Studies show that when women farmers have an equal say in decision-making and equal access to training and finance, the whole community benefits. Yields improve, household incomes grow, investment in children’s health increases—and on top of all that, they also manage natural resources more sustainably!
But still, gender inequality persists. According to the UN, 64 percent of women in low-income countries work in agriculture, but it is significantly less common for women to receive a fair share of the associated income—all while doing the vast majority of unpaid domestic work.
That’s why the Rainforest Alliance works to promote rural women as leaders in sustainability. We support women and girls in forging their own paths—from improved access to education to increased representation in local decision-making bodies, like farmers groups and cooperatives.
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