Development Blog

Women are very important stakeholders for the whole cocoa industry – not just as customers and consumers, but also because of their roles as cocoa producers. Although cocoa is seen as a “male crop” in most of the producing countries, women have a key role in activities that are critical for the volume and quality of the production. Nevertheless, the “invisibility” of women has serious consequences for their access to technical training and productive resources in general, which is unjust and also represents a huge inefficiency in business terms.

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A women's VSLA group beside a crop of cocoa beans laid out to dry A women's VSLA group beside a crop of cocoa beans laid out to dry

More diverse income, higher household assets, and more women's access to inputs. Find out how.

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A woman participant in CARE's WE-RISE programme in Ethiopia A woman participant in CARE's WE-RISE programme in Ethiopia

CARE’s strategy on Women’ s Economic Empowerment includes a commitment to Dignified Work. Many of those who work on workers’ rights might question what we mean – how does this compare to the well-established notion of Decent Work, as exemplified by the ILO’s Decent Work agenda? How is Dignified Work different from Decent Work?

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Workers in the garment industry in Cambodia Workers in the garment industry in Cambodia

Looking at the endline data for Pathways Malawi might be disheartening if you didn’t know the whole story. Production numbers for women farmers showed no statistically significant increase. Does that mean we failed? No. Other farmers in the same district saw their production drop by up to 50%. Staying constant is actually a huge win.

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Evelyn Chimimba, a widowed mother of 8 children, is still managing to harvest some crops this year, despite the drought in Malawi Evelyn Chimimba, a widowed mother of 8 children, is still managing to harvest some crops this year, despite the drought in Malawi

Today and tomorrow (20-21 October 2016), European heads of state meet in Brussels for the European Council. At the top of the agenda is European policy on migration. Having recently returned from Greece where I was supporting CARE’s efforts to help refugees, I’ve seen for myself the desperate situation that so many refugees face. It represents a collective failure of European governments – and the proposals tabled for the European Council risk making the situation worse.

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Marzia, age 15, an Afghan refugee in Greece Marzia, age 15, an Afghan refugee in Greece

We often talk about providing people with skills, knowledge and tools so they can improve their lives – but sometimes the impact is hard to quantify. So how does the fact that more than 90% of women’s businesses grew over the course of the Skilling for Change programme sound?

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