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Agriculture and Rural Development

Limited access to land continues to be an issue for rural women in the region, even for those that are heads of household. This seriously affects women's ability to climb out of poverty since land is an asset that serves as a means to credit and technical assistance. Female land owners are more likely to be active members of their communities, so community institutions are more responsive to women's needs. Women are also more likely to spend their income on food and education for their children. The World Bank is addressing gender inequalities in agriculture and rural development by providing technical assistance and funding for land administration, land reform, agricultural extension, natural resource management, and infrastructure projects.

Best Practice Examples

Bolivia: Participatory Rural Investment Project
Brazil: Amapa Sustainable Communities Project
Brazil: Northeast Rural Poverty Alleviation Program, Paraiba
Ecuador: Second Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadoran People's Development Project
Honduras: Access to Land Pilot (PACTA)
Honduras: Forests and Rural Productivity
Honduras: Regional Development in the Copan Valley
Honduras: The Honduras PAAR Project (Rural Land Management)
Mexico: Mesoamerica Biological Corridor
Paraguay: Pilot Development Community Project
Peru: Agricultural Research and Extension Project (APL)

Other Useful Links

World Bank's Gender and Rural Development website
World Bank's Agriculture and Rural Development in Latin America website
World Bank's Rural Development/Poverty in LAC website
World Bank's Agriculture and Rural Development website
Gender in Ag forum

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