The Swedish Government, through its development agency Sida has announced a US$5 million commitment towards the Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE).
The programme is jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), along with UN Women. It works to enhance the productive potential of rural women by improving their access to and control over resources, services and opportunities, and enables them to have a voice in their households and communities.
Implemented in seven countries—Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda—the programme has benefited more than 41,000 women who have received training on agricultural production, nutrition, income generation and leadership, as well as agricultural tools, technologies and credit to start or expand their activities.
The additional contribution from Sweden will make it possible to reach more rural women and their families in the most vulnerable areas of the seven countries, and to extend the partnership for one year