On February 3rd Women for Women International's Africa country directors briefed House Foreign Affairs Committee staff on program efforts to combat pervasive rural poverty and the global food crisis by training socially-excluded women in Africa on profitable, market-based farming techniques. As development policy begins to refocus its attention on agriculture, Women for Women practitioners attested to the importance of community-level development practices that empower women.
In Rwanda and Sudan, two countries where many are eating one meal per day or less, Women for Women is piloting a Commercial Integrated Farming Initiative that will link 6,000 women farmers to profitable markets so that they might feed their families and communities and earn an income. “Sudan lacks everything,” said country director Karak Mayik, “food especially. Food is another war for us. It is my hope that with CIFI we can go from dependence on food aid to having food to share.”
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