Women throughout much of the developing world are farmers, not only producing the food crops needed to feed their families, but seeking to generate the cash income necessary to gain access to education, health care, and a better way of life. However, in many countries—particularly in sub-Saharan Africa—women farmers must deal not only with the inherent difficulties of gender inequities, poverty, and the vagaries of nature, but with the consequences of war and civil strife as well. This issue of SEEDS reports on a case study of the efforts underway to help women farmers survive and prosper in the Green Zones of Mozambique—and provide desperately needed foodstuffs for the local market—despite years of brutal warfare in what is one of the poorest countries in the world. The case study is the result of a collaboration with UNICEF/Mozambique and UNICEF's Development Programme for Women in New York.
Ayisi, Ruth Ansah. 1995. "Supporting women farmers in the green zones of Mozambique," SEEDS no. 17. New York: Population Council.