Helping Women Improve Their Livelihoods and the Environment


Check out this opinion piece co-written for Alternet by Dov Pasternak from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) about the work that ICRISAT is doing to improve women farmers’ status and income in West Africa.

It includes an interview with the head of one women’s organization in Sadore, Niger named Oumou, who talks about how things have changed for her since she and the organization began working with ICRISAT.

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg, an expert on livestock and sustainability, currently serves as Project Director of State of World 2011 for the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based environmental think tank. Her knowledge of factory farming and its global spread and sustainable agriculture has been cited widely in the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and
other publications.

Danielle worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is currently traveling across Africa looking at innovations that are working to alleviate hunger and poverty and blogging everyday at Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. She has a regular column with the Mail & Guardian, the Kansas City Star, and the Huffington Post and her writing was been featured in newspapers across Africa including the Cape Town Argus, the Zambia Daily Mail, Coast Week (Kenya), and other African publications. She holds an M.S. in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Monmouth College.
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