How UNDP is helping women become land owners in rural India

GN Bureau | November 2, 2015




In India only 12.7% of land holdings are in the names of women, even as 77% women rely on agriculture as their primary source of income. With this concern, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) along with Working Group for Women and Land Ownership (WGWLO), a network of non-government and community based organizations (CBOs) are working together for increasing the women ownership over agricultural land.

Between 2014 and 2015 the WGWLO through its 15 centres in 12 districts of Gujarat is providing awareness to rural women on their rights as land owners, and are providing access to productive resources that can support women farmers.

The centres have reached out to 17,000 women and have helped more than 5,000 women secure land deeds in their name. They have also collaborated with the Gujarat government to update land records. The centres have helped link 9,000 women farmers to government agriculture and allied schemes that have brought with it, access to drip irrigation facilities; bank loans for crops; electric connections for fields; seed kits and pesticide pumps.


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