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Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies, 2011

Adolescent girls and women are fundamental to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development and feeding the world, according to Chicago think-tank. For instance, in a dusty field in Kitui, eastern Kenya, farmers are being taught how to construct small, semi-circular barriers of earth that control the flow of water, slowing its run-off.

 

Moreover, most of these smallholder farmers are women, which is common in Kenya and South Sudan. The report (click to download) goes into some of the important cultural barriers girls and women face – marital and inheritance laws that often exclude them from inheriting or securing access to land and other assets critical to increasing productivity, despite their role in the agricultural sector.

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