Globally, more than 600 million women are small-scale farmers and landless workers. WorldFish endeavors to integrate gender concerns in agricultural development and support small-scale women farmers. In this video, twelve women from around the world share their daily challenges, experiences, and hopes for the future.
The people of Zambia’s Barotse Floodplain depend on fishing and farming for their food and income. However, destructive fishing methods that use chemicals and mosquito nets are damaging habitats and reducing wild fish stocks.
Depleted fish stocks are forcing Bangladeshi fisherman further out to sea in search of their next catch. For families like Anita Bishaash’s, this means more time apart and a greater struggle to cover household expenses.
Iceboxes help them keep their fish fresh in the market, allowing them to sell more stock each day.
The iceboxes were supplied by WorldFish and CARE Egypt as part of the larger “Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector” (IEIDEAS) project that supports women retailers who sell fish in rural markets or at the road-side.
Without ice to keep their fish in good condition throughout the day, many women find they have to discard the last few kilograms of their stock at the end of the day due to exposure to heat and dust.
Celebrating positive impact in people's lives on the International Day of Rural Women.
Every year during the wet season the swollen Zambezi River bursts its banks, destroying homes and crops, flooding classrooms, and displacing communities across the Barotse Floodplain in Zambia.
For 13-year-old Ilinanga Mulonda and thousands like her, this means their education is put on hold -- for some permanently -- while the floodwater inundates their classrooms, and their parents struggle to pay for school fees.
Like many young Zambian women, Mary Kapwamba was forced to abandon her education when she discovered that she was pregnant. She was devastated.
Rural women produce half of the world’s food, but are some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.
Did you know?
Rural women make up 25% of the global population
Rehena Begum’s background is typical of women in rural Bangladesh. She attended school up to grade five, married young and manages a large household with six children. Her family struggled with malnutrition and poverty.