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Growing women’s leadership through agroecology in Guatemala

A dozen people are gathered around a water hand-pump

Country: Guatemala © Lise-Anne Léveillé, SeedChange

In Guatemala, SeedChange and the Association of Organizations of the Cuchamatanes (ASOCUCH) use a range of methods to promote women’s leadership and gender equality. These include support for the participation of women leaders in cooperatives, and as agricultural-extension workers, community facilitators and program participants. They also address the barriers faced by local Indigenous Maya women.

As a result of the project, women in the region are better able to organize and demand equal access to land, credit and resources, and to lead the push to adopt improved agroecological practices. By supporting women’s roles as skilled stewards of biodiversity and land, these agroecology practices are bolstering efforts to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change and increase resilience in the country.

Project profile — USC Canada Seeds of Survival 2015-2020

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