Ethiopia is among the world's poorest countries, with many areas such Gambelto Kebele, prone to drought and regular food shortages. But despite the hardships local farmers, many of who are women, receive very little support from the government or anyone else. Because they own so little, it's hard for them to get even a small loan to help build an irrigation system, or buy fertiliser or decent seeds. It results in many farming families going hungry.
Women farmers also face inequality. Getting credit, taking up training, joining a farmers' group or making important decisions is usually limited to men. And because of their lack of storage facilities, business training and limited knowledge of current prices, women farmers struggle to find new markets or make a decent profit from selling their produce.
How we're helping
With your support we can help thousands of small-scale women farmers by providing agricultural training, better quality seeds, irrigation, and the chance to work together to improve their yields.
Women farmers will also get business training and tips on co-operative working so they can obtain small loans and negotiate better prices for their produce. In addition, they will be able to collectively lobby local authorities for more support, and better storage and transport facilities. By demonstrating their business skills and leadership, it will also help to improve women's confidence and local influence.
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