FAO- Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion

Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/

Digest No. 1105
17 April 2014
Discussion 100
Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women?s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?
Until 6 May 2014

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We are sharing below the first comments to the online discussion on Care Farming: an innovative approach for promoting women?s economic empowerment, rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries? <http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/discussions/care-farming>

Care farming (or social farming) is a new concept and can be defined as a farming practice that uses agricultural resources to provide social or educational care services for vulnerable groups of people. These first contributions touch on some of the aspects highlighted by Hajnalka Petrics, the facilitator, in the topic introduction<http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/discussions/care-farming> and in the background information<http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/sites/default/files/files/100_care_farming/BACKGROUND_EN_social_farming.pdf>.

Please keep sending your feedback and in particular examples of care / social farming in developing countries. These examples will be analyzed by a team at FAO, the University of Pisa and other partners to come up with a framework to promote care farming in developing countries.

The topic<http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/discussions/care-farming> is also available in French <http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/fr/forum/discussions/care-farming> and Spanish<http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/es/forum/discussions/care-farming>.  To comment you can send your contributions directly to FSN-moderator@fao.org<mailto:FSN-moderator@fao.org> or post them online upon registration to the FSN Forum.

Your FSN Forum Team

George Kent, University of Hawai’i, USA
George highlights how care farming is often undertaken spontaneously in well-functioning communities. He also shares two resources on caring communities and caring in various contexts. [...]
Read George’s contribution <http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/contributions/re-care-farming-innovative-approach-promoting-women%E2%80%99s-economic-empowerment-dec-0>

Shaikh Tanveer Hossain, Friends In Village Development, Bangladesh
Shaikh shares a case study on organic farming undertaken by a women farmer in Bangladesh, which touches on some of the aspects of care / social farming. [...]
Read Shaikh’s contribution <http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/contributions/re-care-farming-innovative-approach-promoting-women%E2%80%99s-economic-empowerment-dec-1> and the case study <http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/sites/default/files/resources/Case_NE%20Bangladesh-Alecha.pdf>

Kanchan Lama, WOCAN, Nepal
Kanchan has come across projects implemented by international NGOs in which community-based child care facilities have been implemented to allow women to use their time for economically productive activities. [...]
Read Kanchan’s contribution <http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/contributions/re-care-farming-innovative-approach-promoting-women%E2%80%99s-economic-empowerment-dec-2>

Huguette Biloho Essono, FAO, Gabon
Huguette is not aware of care / social farming experiences in Gabon and shares some suggestions on how to analyse and develop this new concept. [...]
Read Huguette’s contribution<http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/forum/contributions/re-care-farming-innovative-approach-promoting-women%E2%80%99s-economic-empowerment-dec-3>

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