Promotion of women’s empowerment
Women make significant contributions to rice farming, processing, and marketing. Yet, they still face barriers and inequalities when it comes to access and control over resources such as information and inputs.
More involvement for women in training efforts in rice science is one of the achievements of RICE Phase I. By 2022, RICE aims to assist women in exiting poverty and hunger through appropriate technological, institutional, and policy support that could offer equal opportunities of employment for women and men to accelerate the attainment of food security and poverty alleviation.
While living and working on distant lands, Patricia Guzmán and Salomé Tupa are united by a shared commitment: to deliver on the promise of women’s hard-won leadership in Latin America’s traditionally male-dominated rice sector.
Neneng Wadingan once left her hometown to seek greener pastures abroad, a dream shared by many Filipinos. But she found her true calling and economic success when she returned to tend her ancestors’ land and heirloom rice.
Ex-combatant Burundi women are turning their own lives around—they just needed a hand to get started. Now, they are helping the country attain rice self-sufficiency and build a more stable future for all Burundians.
In promoting women’s empowerment, RICE aims to:
- Help at least 13 million rice consumers and producers, half of them female, to exit poverty by 2022, and another 5 million by 2030.
- Assist at least 17 million people, half of them female, out of hunger by 2022, rising to 24 million by 2030.
- Assist at least 8 million people, half of them female, to meet their daily Zn requirements from rice by 2022, rising to 18.