In Barotse floodplain, savings and internal lending communities (SILC) enable smallholder farmers, especially women, to borrow money to invest in agriculture or other productive activities. The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agriculture Systems is embedding a gender-transformative approach within SILC by having trained facilitators discuss gender-related issues at group meetings. Research shows this approach is helping improve income and opportunity.
The My Community series provides a unique insight into the lives of people living on the edge between water and land.
Coastal zones, river deltas and floodplains are home to over 700 million people worldwide, many of whom are poor, and depend on fishing and farming to support their families.
My Community is a selection of short films commissioned by the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems that gives a voice to these communities as they tell their stories for the first time.
The Program aims to reduce poverty and improve food security for 50 million people living in aquatic agricultural systems throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific.