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Harvesting equality in rural households - Episode 49

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Rural women are at the heart of agriculture – yet they’ve less resources, time and decision-making power than men. So how does IFAD combat gender inequality in rural communities? Tshering Choden from the Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division explains, followed by Country Director Philippe Remy on how success stories from Malawi can be implemented in Tunisia. In Latin America rural women leaders discuss closing the gender gap.

This month, Ilse Loango launches a mini-series on Fundación ACUA, a non-profit that works to promote the empowerment of Afro-descendants in Latin America. EatFresh founder Hadija Jabiri talks about female empowerment on farms and Judy Ling Wong, Honorary President of the Black Environmental Network, about diversity in rural communities. Wrapping up, Claire Somerville of the Geneva Graduate Institute discusses gender disparity.



Episode content


Tshering Choden on implementing GALS

Tshering Choden, IFAD Technical Specialist for Gender and Social Inclusion

Tshering Choden is an IFAD Technical Specialist for Gender and Social Inclusion based in Delhi. She explains how IFAD implements the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) – a methodology that helps realize gender-transformative results in IFAD’s operations.


From Malawi to Tunisia with Philippe Remy

Philippe Remy, IFAD Country Director

Country Director Philippe Remy visits Malawi to see how GALS is being implemented, in a bid to put it into practice in Tunisia.


Kimberly Noelia Uyaguari: Closing the gap in Ecuador

Kimberly Noelia Uyaguari

In Ecuador, young leader Kimberly Noelia Uyaguari is involved in implementing Closing the Gap – Cerrando Brecha – a methodology that seeks to identify forms of gender inequality in rural settings.


Yudi Yoselin Guevara: Closing the gap in El Salvador

Yudi Yoselin Guevara

Another young leader, Yudi Yoselin Guevara, is working to implement the Closing the Gap methodology in El Salvador. Yoselin speaks of the importance of the community to effectively close the gap.


Ilse Loango on the importance of cultural identity

Ilse Loango, Entrepreneur

From Colombia, entrepreneur Ilse Loango kicks off our new mini-series in collaboration with ACUA, a foundation in support of Afro-descendant communities in Latin America. Ilse talks to us about her start-up and the ways in which it helps to bolster a shared cultural identity. 


Hadija Jabiri leads the way for women entrepreneurs in Africa

Hadija Jabiri, founder and managing director of GBRI Business Solutions in Tanzania

Hadija Jabiri is the founder and managing director of GBRI Business Solutions in Tanzania, a global community working to empower women entrepreneurs across Africa. She is also involved in the Africa Food Systems Forum and works to promote sustainable and profitable agriculture by empowering small-scale farmers. Hadija has received several awards for her ongoing work.


Judy Ling Wong: Access to nature for all

Judy Ling Wong, founder and honorary president of Black Environment Network

We catch up with Judy Ling Wong, founder and honorary president of Black Environment Network – an organization that focuses of environmental justice for ethnic minorities. She tells us about their progress and how nature-based activities are addressing the rise of eco-anxiety.


Claire Somerville on the gender and rural health

Claire Somerville, Executive Director of the Gender Centre at the Geneva Graduate Institute

Claire Somerville is the Executive Director of the Gender Centre at the Geneva Graduate Institute. She gives us an insight into her research on gender and health issues in rural communities.

Summing up

Thanks to our producer, Francesco Manetti and our reporters, Roberto Gonzalez, Ciara Rainsby, Rosa Gonzalez, Alexia Vatter and Emilie Agras. Your podcast hosts are Michelle Tang and Brian Thomson.

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Join us next month. We’ll be celebrating being together for 50 Farms. Food. Future. episodes and many more to come!

Previous episodes to enjoy

  • In episode 46 learn about remittances and how they benefit development.
  • In episode 47 we explore ways to get young people to engage in agriculture.
  • In episode 48 we discuss the dangers of malnutrition and obesity in developing countries.