Research Driving Female Entrepreneurs Forward

Empowerment through Research Leads Women Entrepreneurs to Success

February 05, 2019

The word research does not strike a chord of excitement in many people. The connotation of research is usually one of experiments done in laboratories. Research is so much more than this. It has very real implications that impact peoples’ lives.

The Canadian Food Security Research Fund have funded research projects that have involved more than half a million women. This project has had a huge impact on helping women entrepreneurs. These women are usually the people behind agricultural labour but do not have the same land rights and access to income as men. Through the project, they have the opportunity to improve their livelihoods.

This project is only the first step in a long-term vision. For research projects to work for women, women must be engaged as researchers, producers, business owners and consumers. One such project in Niger promotes women-led, community-based initiatives on climate-change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Another research project being funded focuses on women’s health, reproductive health, and gender that is conducted by researchers based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This experience will allow women to set their own priorities and contribute to the development of innovations that suit them best.

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