Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and social outcomes for women and youth in Pakistan were poor, with a female labour participation rate of just 22%, and 8.9% of young people unemployed. In rural areas, 72% of women are employed in the agricultural sector, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. Rural women also face structured gender inequalities that prevent them from accessing skills, resources, and markets that would help improve their livelihood security and income.
Leveraging their existing role in the agricultural sector, our programme works with women and youth in rural areas of Punjab and Sindh to strengthen and grow their livelihoods by developing a competitive and sustainable agri-enterprise.
The programme works with two partners to increase the income of 1,000 vulnerable young women and youth through:
- skills training in agri-related enterprises such as using solar driers, jams and pickle-making and mud crab farming
- establishing enterprise groups and providing capacity building in enterprise development
- access to financial information and support.