Women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce. Yet they are more vulnerable than men and face more difficulties to develop a profitable business. This can be easily explained: they have limited access to farmland, most of their time is devoted to domestic chores, and they have poor financial resources.
In this policy brief, we show that family livestock farming can be an opportunity to reinforce rural women’s resilience. As it does not necessarily require access to land or a big starting capital, it allows female livestock keepers to move into the local economic sphere and earn some extra money. Developing their autonomy also has a positive impact on the entire community. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to protect family livestock farming against the development of local agro-industrial livestock farming and the import of animal products.