Empowering Women

Understanding the role of Women

ETH088Rural women in East Africa are the backbone of smallholder farming and, by extension, of a system that provides between 60-90% of food production and the bulk of employment across the region.

Our focus on water for agriculture is, we believe, a critical element in future growth and development across East Africa. GWI EA puts the empowerment of women farmers at the centre of the program, helping to bring their voice into decision making on and advocacy for investments in water for smallholder farming.



GWIEA_leaves_smallThe World Bank estimates that growth in the agricultural sector is four times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth in other sectors (World Bank, 2008).

Our central approach is to build action research around Champion Farmers, the majority of whom are women farmers (though we are not exclusively focusing on women farmers).


Read more about this issue on our Blog in a piece from Bethel Terefe, GWI EA Programme Policy Advisor in  Ethiopia >>


More information and Champion Farmer profiles >>