Can farming improve the lives of rural women and girls?
Panel event at ODI to discuss findings from DEGRP agriculture research on agriculture, gender and livelihoods.
While this is all encouraging, how important is farming to improving the lives of rural women and girls? Studies of changes to their lives in countries that have progressed from low- to middle-income status since the early 1960s suggest that some of the main drivers of improved lives lie outside of agriculture: in education, health, women-friendly family planning, and opportunities in the non-farm economy.
To mark International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, we convened an expert panel to explore this question further. The event included discussion of new findings from recent research from ODI and the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.