A young girl milks the family cows in Ethiopia  (photo: dpa)

Economics: Girls are key to rural economies and food security

Girls and young women are key to rural economies and agricultural development, according to a global affairs thinktank which urges governments and aid agencies to encourage girls to stay in education. But can aid and support be targeted effectively? asks GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon in this briefing.

THERE are some 283 million adolescent girls who live in rural areas in the world’s poorest countries. Most of these girls have little or no education. Most carry the burden of household chores, they gather wood and water each day, are married young, produce several children, and work in the home and on the land - often for many hours more than the men in their community.

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
With support and encouragement from national governments and aid agencies these young women have the potential to transform these agricultural communities
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