Issues  I  Gender

To achieve sustainable improvements in the lives and wellbeing of smallholder farmers Prakruthi’s projects engage, empower and invest in women for the long term.

 
Rural workforce

While cash crops like sugarcane and coffee are male dominated, women are mainly involved as laborers and managing subsistence food crops. As women comprise the majority of the total rural workforce in India, it is important to consult them regarding their desires and needs in designing and implementing project activities. Moreover, improving the lives of women improves the well-being of the children and family as a unit.

 
Poverty reduction

Prakruthi focuses on gender to create a more effective approach that achieves poverty reduction for all, and also improves equity between men and women. In Prakruthi’s project areas women are the most prone to experience negative impacts due to inequity in the form of unequal access to land, loans, income and education.

 
Opportunities

Prakruthi recognizes the importance of access to income-generating activities, learning and participation in decision-making. Generally, women have less access to these opportunities but men must be part of the dialogue and the solution. This is important for leveraging the powerful role women could have in implementing sustainable agricultural production practices.

 
Gender activities

Currently, Prakruthi is integrating entrepreneurship and additional income generation project activities in its coffee, tea and sugarcane sustainable value chain projects. The activities will focus on:

  • Leveraging awareness on gender constraints and opportunities, to create access for women to financially viable labor to improve their well-being and that of their families,
  • Creating a training and working environment where women are able to apply their knowledge in decision-making roles,
  • Sensitizing men in gender issues and how to culturally deal with it,
  • Creating access to learning opportunities for young women in agri-based vocational training activities.


 
 
 
 
Bhagawanth Rao, 14, whose parents Soyam
Lachu and Lachu Bai cultivate about 20 acres of
dry land in Adilabad District,
 
   
 
 
 
 
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