Women in many ACP countries face daunting barriers to accessing new technologies and vital information shared via ICTs. Often, this is knowledge that could have a profound impact on their lives and those of their families, with the potential to improve agricultural production, prices fetched at market and health and support services. In 2002, the CTA-supported Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund was launched to support work on gender-related issues in ICTs for ACP regions. The programme awards seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs.

A book now tells the story of GenARDIS, documenting projects such as women’s community radio drama groups, pest control through information access and technology to promote women’s inheritance and land rights. It describes how grantees have supported deaf women in Ethiopia to generate their own income through digital photography, and how female farmers have improved the prices they get at market with the simple use of an SMS.

GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture
APC, 2010. 48 pp.
ISBN 92-95049-82-9
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