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Improved Farming and Livelihoods for Women | by UNDP Afghanistan
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Improved Farming and Livelihoods for Women

Ghuncha Gul and her husband. She is a woman farmer fondly known as ‘honey’ by her villagers as she keeps bees to make honey. She also manages a greenhouse.

Ghuncha Gul and other women in her village had very limited freedom to work.

“Women in villages work just as hard as men. In fact, we work alongside the men," said Ghuncha Gul.

In her village, people always assumed women can’t work. She was told that she couldn’t work because she was a woman. But she proved that women are strong and can work, not only to her fellow villagers but to many others.

“If I am a woman and a mother, it doesn’t mean I am made for staying at home. If a woman can manage a house, raise a child and secure its future, it means we can do anything," said Guncha Gul.

One of her dream was to have her own greenhouse and beehives. She achieved this thanks to UNDP’s Climate Change Adaptation Project.

At first, the women were afraid and did not believe that they could manage the greenhouse. But now they harvest cucumbers, organize and sort all the seedlings, and perform other tasks.

Seven months have passed since they established the greenhouse and she seen increase in her income together with eight other women who work alongside her. She earns more or less 30 US$ per day. From what they sell at the market, the women put aside money to maintain the greenhouse. The rest is shared between them.

To diversify livelihoods and improve women’s economic freedom, UNDP has implemented several other projects in Herat districts. These include: 6 raisin houses, 10 greenhouses, 1 apiary, and kitchen gardens for 30 women.

UNDP’s Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), is a five-year project, made possible by the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund. Over the next three years, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, UNDP will implement more than 100 livelihoods projects, including building more greenhouses and training farmers on food processing and food storage, as well as protecting 800 hectares of land from flooding, irrigate 4,000 hectares of agricultural land and repairing 30 canals.

© UNDP Afghanistan / S. Omer Sadaat / 2017

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Taken on June 6, 2017