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This publication is intended for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) staff and other development practitioners. The publication records experiences gained and good practices identified by participants, and summarizes the lessons learned by drawing on the experiences of smallholder female farmers in India. The publication also documents the models that make SEWA of India an exemplary organization in addressing grass-roots issues using a needs-based, capacity-development approach.
This publication focuses on the gender dimensions of the crisis. Its purpose is to discuss how and why the economic crisis will affect men’s and women’s employment and incomes differently and unequally, and to advocate that these are important considerations for successful national responses.