How Inclusive Participation in Cattle Management Strengthens Women’s Resilience in Northern Haiti.

Technical Brief | April 7, 2021

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This brief explores challenges and opportunities for women in agriculture in Haiti, effects of inclusive livestock management, and insights to inform future resilience activities.

Women in Haiti are often at social, political, and economic disadvantages compared to their male counterparts, as evidenced by Haiti’s ranking in the Gender Inequality Index. The gap is especially significant and consequential for rural women who engage primarily in subsistence farming with little to no access to or control over productive assets and financial services. These challenges make women more vulnerable to the many shocks Haiti continues to experience, such as food insecurity, natural disasters, climate change, political instability, and economic shocks. One emerging opportunity to improve livelihoods and bolster household resilience while mitigating climate change is inclusive livestock management. This brief explores opportunities and challenges for women in agriculture in Haiti, the effects of inclusive livestock management in helping women strengthen household resilience, and insights to inform future resilience activities for the USAID Reforestation Project and future resilience programs in Haiti.