CARE Canada’s LINKAGES program will strengthen local economies, increase access to nutritious food and improve equality between women and men.
While women around the world are key food producers, they often earn little money and are chronically malnourished. Improving gender equality in households and the surrounding community is essential to building a sustainable future for women and men alike.
By 2016, this program will:
- Improve women’s access to and control over food and agricultural resources.
- Allow farmers, particularly women, to be better able to produce healthy and nutritious food.
- Work with communities to increase access to healthy food and build a better understanding of the importance of good nutrition.
- Enhance access to affordable financial services and economic opportunities for local community members, associations and businesses.
- Encourage women and men to have a stronger voice in the crafting of economic regulations and policies at a local, regional and national level.
Across four countries, nearly 147,000 people are expected to benefit from this initiative, with more than 70 per cent of participants being women and children.
- Bolivia: The Tukuy Yanapana project strives to improve the profitability of businesses and increase incomes of local populations in four districts of southern Bolivia.
- Ethiopia: The Abdishe project focuses on helping malnourished women in regions where access to food is often extremely limited.
- Ghana: The Promise initiative seeks to improve the health and financial status of vulnerable women and girls in Ghana.
- Mali: The Initiative for Food Security and Nutrition in Segou (IFONS) aims to improve food production and combat nutrition issues in the Segou region of Mali, focusing on children under five and pregnant and breast-feeding women.
LINKAGES is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.