Gender Equality

The majority of the world’s poor are women. The lack of gender equality means that they do not have power or influence over their own lives. Vi Agroforestry’s work on gender equality focuses on enabling women in eastern Africa to freely decide on their economic development and participate in the political arena. Switching their farming methods to agroforestry increases crop production, which also improves conditions for women. Methods that save energy, such as efficient wood stoves and biogas systems, improve the situation for women. The saving and borrowing groups strengthen gender equality, as the women have greater influence over how the family’s money is used.