Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories about Kenyan woman enhancing food security through beekeeping; displaced Kenyan tribal women using solar drying of pineapples to increase profit; women in the Philippines leading their communities into sustainable agriculture and forest protection; women in India participating in agricultural initiatives; and the Dalit, or “untouchable” women of India opening pilot farms based on sustainability and independence.
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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 lists this solution as a strategy to fight climate change. Join the Earth Month Ecochallenge to learn more and take action on this climate solution.