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Women in rural Nepal face multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage. As a result of the labour gap created by migration to India by men in search of work, Nepali women are increasingly involved in agricultural work. However, there are few opportunities for women to access the assistance and training they need to support their farming businesses. Oxfam has been working with Nepali women to develop their business and leadership skills through targeted training and the development of women farmer organizations. This is coupled with action to ensure that rural women have greater awareness of their rights and entitlements, and that these are recognized by rural authorities. Based on Oxfam’s experiences to date, this case study sets out some key programme learning and recommendations.

This learning case study is part of a series of eight papers relating to Oxfam’s economic justice programme in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe, with a focus on collective action.

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