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Pathways out of Poverty Case Study: Integrating Female Farmers in Rural Afghanistan into Sustainable Market Systems

Organization(s): 
ACDI/VOCA; Mennonite Economic Development Associates
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012

USAID commissioned a series of case studies to examine interventions and approaches to creating pathways out of poverty that either “pushed” the very poor towards productive engagement in markets and/or “pulled” the poor into markets. This case study, written by MEDA, examines one project’s approach in Afghanistan to integrate home-bound women farmers into the horticulture value chain using a woman-to-woman community mobilization model. In particular, the case study looks at the importance of following appropriate social norms, facilitating access to finance and using careful sequencing of interventions with rapid project start-up.