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Women and agriculture

Purpose:
The purpose is to avoid the progressive exclusion of women’s right to own land in the southern Niger. Especially young women from poor families are not awarded any lots. The project uses established groups of women, who are supported in renting, loaning and buying land, which they share with young women without any land.

CARE cooperates closely with Commissions of Land Rights to secure the women’s group’s right to use land. Because it is groups, who own the land, young women can’t be forced to hand over their land to any male members of the family.

The young women have the responsibility of growing the land. The daily field work will help them break their social isolation. But many husbands are trying to convince their wives to refrain from receiving land by referring to Islam. Because many of these men have a hard time supporting their family, mothers of the young women are committed to support their daughters with corn. To gain their daughters’ access to land is a great benefit, and many strong women want to help the vulnerable ones.

Target Group:
The primary target group is 3.000 poor women from 30 local societies, focusing on young women without land in the age of 14 -25 years. Secondarily CARE aims to help 21.000 persons, who live together with these women, and male leaders from local societies.

Activities:
CARE helps and give advices to groups of microfinanced women, who work in community to put by money and buy land. The women won’t be forced to give up their land, because it is officially owned by the women’s groups. The young women have to receive education, after which they will get self-phones to communicate with each other, receive information from the women’s groups and information on buyers, which all help them break the isolation.

Area:
The region of Maradi in the southern Niger.

Duration and budget:
2010 – 2013. The budget is 5,7 million DDK financed by Danida (some of the project activities will continue in 2014 funded by other means).

Partners/ organisations:
The main partners are AREN and HIMMA. AREN was established in 1990 and has 58.456 members, of which 46 percent are women. HIMMA was established in 2003 and has 53 members, of which 24 are farming organisations. Women’s groups, who have more than 200.000 members, are also cooperating. Many of these groups were founded in the early 90’s and are well-financed. Most of them are organised in regional networks, who are leaded by respectful women, who try to change the view on women through dialogue with men and religious leaders.

Contact

Line Gamrath Rasmussen

Line Gamrath Rasmussen
Programme Coordinator, Niger
+45 35 200 100

lgrasmussen@care.dk