Agriculture is the main source of income and employment for 70% of the world’s poor living in rural areas. Yet, access to crucial farming information and technologies such as weather forecasts, planting information and market prices remains a critical issue.
GSMA mWomen and GSMA mAgri have...
During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) High Level Event, held in Geneva from 10 to 14 June 2014, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Information and Communications Technologies - A Practical Guide", ...
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), member of the CGIAR Consortium, has published the paper "Increasing access to agricultural extension and advisory services: How effective are new approaches in reaching women farmers in rural areas?" written by Michèle Mbo’o-Tchouawou and...
We would like to invite E-agriculture community members to join a new online discussion on a fascinating topic:
Care Farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?
Care farming (also called...
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the African Youth Foundation (AYF) is organising the e-debate "Enhancing Young Women engagement in ICT and Agriculture" in occasion of 2014 “Girls and ICT Day”, the recurrence launched by ITU in 2011 to...
Tomorrow is March the 8th, International Women’s Day. To celebrate this recurrence I thought about sharing with you a story where the words «rural communities», «women empowerment» and «solar energy» are put together.
Here’s our story.
Barefoot College, a well-known Indian non-governmental...
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Mobile financial services (MFS) are emerging rapidly in the developing world, with over 150 mobile money deployments live and over 110 more...
This internationally observed day recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October...
Women farmers in the Africa operation areas of Airtel are set to benefit from practical information sharing tools through the Airtel mobile network. This comes at the foothills of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the UN Women (the United Nations unit for gender equality and the...
By Leah Meadows. Orginally published on Agri-Fin Mobile, a site about Mercy Corps' project to “bundle” key services of agricultural advice from private sector, research and extension institutions with financial services providers and telecommunications companies.
When Ida was 15 years old, she...
Access to information and the creation of knowledge are key drivers of social and economic transformation. In agriculture, new information and knowledge fuel innovation and increase productivity and competitiveness. The ability of farmers to participate in and benefit from growth in the sector is...
Info ladies cycle around remote villages in Bangladesh with laptops, headphones and USB sticks, to bring internet access to locals. They help tens of thousands of people – especially women – get everything from government services to chats with distant loved ones, expanding access in a country...
With the support of the grant from African Women Development Fund in 2009, Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) built the capacity of 39 women member entrepreneurs, in the use and application of ICTs for enterprise development. The project was carried out in two Regions of Uganda...
Abstract: Empowerment of rural women in Bangladesh can reduce gender inequality and improve their social status. Despite its significance, the issue cannot be done with solved easily as there are many factors that tend to debar its progress. In this regard, this paper aims to consider the multi-...
“Despite the rapid growth in mobile telephony in low and middle-income countries in recent years, women are 21% less likely than men to own a mobile phone. This has given rise to a mobile phone ‘gender gap’, where there are 300 million fewer female mobile subscribers than male subscribers in low-...
The purpose of the study is to critique marginalized south Indian coastal women’s world in the light of potential of ICTs to empower through the use of Critical Theory. Methodology - Qualitative research startegy was used. Face-to-face interviews were conducted by the researcher with the coastal...
Abstract: This study critically examined the access of women farmers to Information and Communications
Technology (ICTs) as against their male counterparts. A total of 120 respondents were randomly selected and interviewed using structured questionnaires. Data collected were subjected to...
While the growth of mobile phones is undeniably impressive, when we look at issues more closely, mobile phones are far from being the panacea that some purport it to be. This master thesis [PDF] by Kari Mackey adds to a literature that examines the relationship between mobile phones and gender...
When was the last time you met a truly empowered woman? Well, earlier in the week, I was lucky enough to meet Valiben Macwana, one of the 1.7 million empowered self-employed women's association (SEWA) members.
SEWA, based in Ahmedabad, India, is an organization of self-employed women workers who...
Abstract: Are mobile phones the best vehicle for reducing gender inequality in the developing world? ICT experts champion the use of mobile phones to improve women’s lives, and various stakeholders have invested millions of dollars to launch mobile phone programs for women. Yet, given high female...