This project will help provide food security to women farmers and their families in rural El Salvador. Women traditionally have less access to land and resources than men and women-led households are more vulnerable to food insecurity. These families, especially hard-hit by the pandemic and climate change, will benefit from this project through access to farming materials and training. As a result these women will have the resources and knowledge to feed their families and face future disasters.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the food security of thousands of households in El Salvador's Bajo Lempa region. Many of these households are led by women who lost their jobs at the onset of the pandemic. Women farmers do not have the same access as men to land, money, and training. This project will address this gender gap and help women reach their full potential to provide for themselves and their families through the provision of farming supplies and specialized training.
This project will train 60 women in agroecological techniques, including crop diversification, native seed use, natural fertilizer preparation, and sustainable chicken farming to ensure a consistent food supply for their families. Participants will also receive materials and technical assistance needed to run their own subsistence farms. By growing vegetables alongside essential grain crops and raising chickens, these women will be able to take food and economic security into their own hands.
Supporting women's independence and resilience is vital to advance gender equality and food sovereignty in El Salvador. Participants in this program will learn how to design, build, and maintain sustainable farms, developing long-lasting skills that can be shared with others in their community. By investing in environmentally friendly, sustainable agriculture and women's empowerment, we can protect the planet and help rural communities adapt to the ongoing challenges presented by climate change.