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Pathways to transformation for smallholder women
“For one to be productive, you need to have access to resources and to markets,” says Henry Swira. “And it’s easier for men to have access to resources, because that’s how traditionally it’s been constructed, when actually it is women who do 70 per cent of the work in the field.” As Program Director for the NGO CARE in Malawi, Swira champions an initiative which he believes is pushing the boundaries, when it comes to transforming productivity among women farmers. The Pathways programme, which is also being rolled out in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Mali and Tanzania, aims to boost the productivity and profitability of 150,000 women smallholders, bringing improved food security and greater livelihood resilience to them and their families.