Supporting the Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment of Farmers and Women

PCI ensures women and farmers have access to the education, resources, and partnerships they need to generate income and build wealth, which improves health and sustains economic empowerment for their families and communities.

Supporting the Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment of Farmers and Women

PCI ensures women and farmers have access to the education, resources, and partnerships they need to generate income and build wealth, which improves health and sustains economic empowerment for their families and communities.

Overview

Research has shown that poverty has the largest influence on an individual’s well-being and their ability to adequately access food, healthcare, and education. With limited resources, stressors like natural disasters, illness, or crop failure can create major obstacles for impoverished individuals, families, and communities. When people have to make extreme choices between sending their children to school or putting food on the table—everyone loses.

The United Nations State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report found economic empowerment to be a key success factor for reducing undernourishment. Research has also shown that women’s economic empowerment is one of the keys to reducing global poverty, addressing gender equality, and improving health and education for all.

Supporting Economic Empowerment In Agricultural Communities

PCI’s economic empowerment programs are designed to help poor households escape poverty permanently—ensuring people have sustainable methods to handle economic stressors and afford food, education, healthcare, and develop the assets needed to withstand shocks such as natural disasters.

Building assets and diversifying income is a fundamental step in helping poor households and communities move out of poverty and build financial resilience, especially in agricultural communities where crops are prone to weather and pest-related failure.

PCI’s economic empowerment programs are designed to strengthen household incomes and support sustained success in multiple ways, such as:

  • Improving production and profits through stronger market linkages
  • Promoting livestock production to build assets while enriching diets through the improved nutrition they can provide
  • Developing the skills and capacity needed for non-agriculture income
  • Encouraging the involvement of government service providers
  • Supporting direct partnerships with private businesses

PCI also works through market systems to develop and connect local service providers, such as marketing groups and community animal health workers, with small producers to provide them with the critical networks they need to succeed. Bridging these “last-mile” gaps, while creating new jobs and income in communities that are typically in dire need, provide win-win economic gains for vulnerable communities.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs

Women typically invest in their families and communities significantly more than men—spreading wealth and increasing the quality of life for themselves and their children. Time and again, research has shown that when women in developing countries have more control over their income and choice on how that money is spent, agricultural production and child health improves. Because of this, creating sustainable economic empowerment opportunities, particularly for women, is central to PCI’s livelihood approaches.

PCI promotes women’s economic opportunities related to food security on multiple fronts including access to finance and gaining the technical capacity for profitable animal husbandry, agro-service delivery, crop production, and entry into market systems.

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