A young woman farmer with a child in a drug-crop cultivation area in Bolivia.
Photo: © GIZ/John Márquez


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A new publication of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) GmbH: ‘Raising voices’ calls for us to listen to women in drug-crop cultivation regions and make use of their knowledge.

What do we know about how women in drug-crop cultivation areas live? What experience and skills do they have, and how can these be applied to improve the living circumstances of small-scale farming families? The new short publication ‘Raising voices: empowering female farmers in drug-crop cultivation areas’ summarises the experiences and stories of the small-scale female farmers and seeks to motivate political decision makers and implementing organisations to incorporate these in their development-oriented drug programmes.

‘Raising voices’ is the product of the first interregional sharing of experience between small-scale female farmers. This took place in Mexico in 2018. The ‘Sustainable rural development’ sector project and the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (both giz organised the meeting jointly with the philanthropic Open Society Foundations on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The goal was to better understand the situation of women in drug-crop cultivation areas.

Illegal drug crops are often cultivated in remote rural areas in developing countries.

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