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Re: Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?

Mildred Crawford Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers , Jamaica
28.04.2014
FSN Forum

There are many examples of CARE/Social Farming in the Caribbean. In these underdeveloped and developing countries, all these Community based organizations are operated by volunteerism and the women who are members of these groups are caregivers, mothers, back yard garden farmers who use the produce from their gardens and indigenous fruits found in the communities to make delicious delicacies, drinks, and gourmet foods for families and friends for free but it has been feeding them for years. They have mastered the skill in the household that on many occasions, they are ask to prepare the meals for other upper class groups without compensation. These rural women feed families and friends, share knowledge in groups which allow them to meet in their communities, but time does not allow them to go far or meet for long hours because of family commitments.
Secondly, I have been practicing insemination in pigs for years and have shared best practices in pig husbandry for free to other rural women for free for years both in my island and elsewhere. This is one area of agriculture that rural women in the home, persons in penal institutions and children at school learn easily. I have done it for years and never was introduced to this terminology. I worked with rural women in Agriculture voluntarily, is this not decent work?

Mildred Crawford
President/ Community Development Officer at Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers