Village Innovation Opens Minds

Originally published on August 4, 2014.

Women form 52 percent of Tanzania’s agricultural workforce and carry out most of the sector’s labor activities, including harvesting, transporting and processing. Yet, they have limited decision-making power when it comes to agriculture because of their reduced access to financial resources, inputs and land ownership.

Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Land O’Lakes is piloting a bold approach to catalyze innovations that will enhance women’s participation in the agriculture sector and help improve food security and nutrition across Tanzania.

After establishing a locally-led coalition to lead this program, we are testing and scaling up agricultural innovations using locally available materials, and promoting an enabling environment that is more conducive for women's leadership in the agricultural sector.


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