Rural people working informally in agriculture—many of whom are women—are the most vulnerable to climate, health, economic, political and security shocks.
But, women entrepreneurs can help revitalize rural economies, increase food security and boost economic growth.
At the same time, entrepreneurship—especially in collectives or cooperatives—offers women a path toward their economic empowerment.
Enhancing the entrepreneurial and technical skills and networks of women, young people and other excluded groups will nurture their capabilities, voice and leadership potential in food systems.
Pyburn, Rhiannon, ed.; and van Eerdewijk, Anouka, ed. 2021. Advancing gender equality through agricultural and environmental research: Past, present, and future. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). https://doi.org/10.2499/9780896293915
Includovate. 2020. Policy mapping: Women’s economic empowerment in Ethiopia. Ottawa, ON Canada: International Development Research Centre.