Reaching Women Cotton Farmers

Project Duration

2009 - 2010

Project Countries

Benin ,Burkina Faso ,Côte d'Ivoire ,Malawi ,Uganda ,Zambia

Project issues/theme

Economic Opportunity & Security

ICRW Project Director

Rekha Mehra


ICRW worked with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the German development agency, and its private sector partners with helping cotton farmers in sub-Saharan Africa increase their yields and improve the quality of their crops. ICRW assessed all aspects of the project to ensure that men and women equally benefit from project services, and that women are paid for their labor.

By collaborating with private ginning companies and cotton producer associations, the project is providing farmers access to resources such as fertilizer and pesticides, as well as farming and business training to help increase the value of their returns from cotton. Producing higher quality cotton will allow farmers to sell their crop to new and broader markets.