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Rural women farmers play vital role in eradicating poverty and hunger

Jessore, Bangladesh (4-5 November 2012).
 
Rural women play a major role in improving the overall well being of their households and communities by achieving food and nutrition security, generating income, and improving rural livelihoods.
 
However, they face various constraints which hamper their efforts to uplift their lives and those around them.
 
Following the International Day for Rural Women, various development practitioners, the government, private sector and farmers met to share information and practices on recognizing and enhancing the important role rural women play in fighting poverty and hunger.
 
To recognize this role and share experiences of where these constraints are being dealt with, WorldFish, together with its partners in Southern Bangladesh (namely Jessore, Khulna and Barisal) organized a two day workshop at the RRF Training and Resource Center in Jessore.
 
USAID funded Feed the Future project partners of WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems were key participants of the event.
 
During the workshop female farmers were given the chance to speak out for themselves about their experiences along with partner representatives.
 
The workshop involved two site visits for the distinguished guests from the US Embassy and others, along with an exhibition showcasing various technologies, interventions, extension materials that are being used to promote and enhance the role of rural women.
 
Husbands were also brought along with the women farmers to witness the valuable role their wives play.
 
Organized by WorldFish, an international nonprofit research organization committed to reducing poverty and hunger through fisheries and aquaculture, and the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems, the workshop included presentations from HKI, BRAC, CODEC, SpeedTrust, TMSS, Baachte Shekha and other CGIAR Consortium Centers including IRRI  CIMMYT and WorldFish.
 
A broad range of partners and stakeholders, including representatives from Government institutions; private sector, research institutions, national and international NGOs and USAID also attended the workshop.
 
The workshop provided a platform to share experiences and best practices, and enabled female farmers to speak out about the  changes that have been brought about, and the challenges they face. The exhibition and site visits provided examples for the participants, and served as a motivational exchange visit for the farmers.
 
WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, is an international nonprofit research organization committed to reducing poverty through fisheries and aquaculture. CGIAR is a global partnership that united organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.
 
Photo: Preparing rice husks, Khulna, Bangladesh. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012.
 

 
For more information on the workshop or any aspect of this topic, please contact:
 
Dr Craig Meisner
WorldFish Bangladesh Office
P (+880-2) 881 3250 or (+880-2) 881 4624
worldfish-bangladesh@cgiar.org