Although women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force and produce between 60 and 80 percent of food crops in the developing world, there remains a gender gap between women and men when it comes to resources, land rights, and opportunity. Women have fewer resources, limited options regarding land rights and financial credit, and struggle to access the same education and technologies that their male peers enjoy. These endemic inequities result in women producing, on average, less than men from the same amount of land. Solving this problem would not only improve their lives and those of their children, but would also enhance food production and address climate change, which is why Project Drawdown ranks the solution as the 62nd best way to slow down climate change..
The following stories (see below) depict how different programs are helping women improve their communities by teaching them, among other things, financial literacy. Two of the stories in these collections highlight how NGOs -- one Myamar and another in Northern India and Nepal -- are helping women access and benefit from financial access and literacy. The third story takes a critical look at the impact of several microcredit projects, including ones focused exclusively on women. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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