Agriculture is a key focus of the rural
development agenda and women now make up the majority of the
agricultural workforce in developing countries.
In the face of increasingly volatile
agricultural conditions, due to the impacts of climate change for
example, it is important that the rural poor and particularly women
are equipped with the skills to cope and adapt to ensure food
security and improve income levels.
With this in mind, the City & Guilds
Centre for Skills Development conducted an
international research project between January and August 2009 to
explore the type of training that can help women smallholders to be
more productive and adaptable.
Conducted in three phases, the project included a literature
review, a review of existing international projects and finally,
fieldwork in Ghana and India.
This site seeks to share the key findings, experiences and
lessons. It also puts forward a series of practical recommendations
for both practice and policy implementation.
The findings will be of immediate interest to governments and
international development agencies who fund and/or design and
deliver agriculture and enterprise training for women smallholders
in developing country contexts. It will also be of interest to NGOs
and researchers with an interest in agriculture, livelihoods and
Ultimately, we hope that our findings will change the way key
agencies approach and fund agricultural and enterprise training for
women smallholders in rural communities.