Gender Impact Strategy for Agricultural Development -Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Agricultural Development strategy identifies the participation of smallholder farmers as a critical feature of our ultimate success. Women comprise the vast majority of smallholder farmers and food producers. We recognize that in most areas in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia women are afforded less status than men, have less access to resources, and have greater responsibilities given their dual reproductive and productive roles in rural households. It is our belief that to achieve dramatic and sustainable improvements in the lives and wellbeing of the smallholder farmers our initiatives must offer innovative approaches to development challenges that engage, empower and invest in women for the long term.

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