The Role of Agricultural Collectives in Gender Transformative Food and Water Systems
Agricultural collectives are one of the most important platforms across the globe for small-scale farmers and their
households and communities to democratically organize around common goals for prosperity and well-being. To
support CARE’s commitment to fulfilling the rights to food, water and nutrition security for women and youth small-scale producers and their families, CARE and partners implement programmes that support competitiveness, gender transformative change, and social solidarity of farmers by establishing and strengthening business-oriented farmer collectives, often with the integration of approaches for gender justice. Drawing on programmatic learnings, in addition to the lived experiences of members throughout the world, CARE believes that collectives play a significant role in building social cohesion and strengthening individual and collective agency; advancing access to and control over resources; changing harmful and discriminatory gender
norms; engaging governance structures to change laws; advocating for policy and practices that uphold women’s
economic, social and political rights; and, driving socioeconomic development by providing structures for actors to collectively advance their common interests.