Celeste Anderson, a rural woman from Treasure Beach, Jamaica, urged agricultural authorities in the Americas to open their eyes to the reality of women who work the land.
Susana Balbo, Chair of W20, a G20 engagement group, made this statement during her visit to IICA Headquarters in Costa Rica, where she participated in the Institute’s commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women.
The agreements will seek to foster greater access to technologies and provide greater visibility for the work carried out by rural women.
In a ceremony attended by guests from around the world, the specialized agency for agriculture and rural development in the Inter-American System disclosed that its initiatives for rural women will foster and promote financial independence, entrepreneurship and the increased participation of women in decision-making forums.
Included in the plans are the strengthening of strategic alliances, mobilization of human and financial resources, and improvements to increase the impact of existing programs, with a view to bolstering the production of quality foods and intraregional trade
During a major event on October 16, IICA will present its strategies to support rural female workers, as well as two institutional initiatives: the book “Warriors – Rural Women Around the World” - which includes photographs by award-winning photojournalist Sebastião Salgado - and a photography exhibition resulting from a partnership with Vogue Brazil.