Subsistence agriculture is the mainstay of the local communities, where peasant farmers grow corn and beans on infertile hillsides, and the harvests are steadily declining, due to climate phenomena. El Salvador, and Central America in general, suffers heavy rain in winter - the rainy season - which almost inevitably leaves a trail of pain and destruction. In October, for example, the rains claimed 43 lives in the country and flooded 10 percent of the national territory.
In Lao People's Democratic Republic, an ADB-supported project is bringing clean water to households and creating opportunities for women.
Some women from the coastal town of Cagangohan, Panabo, Davao del Norte have stopped waiting for their husbands to return from the sea with their catch. Instead, they have decided to head out to the waters themselves and fish. To 20 housewives who have formed the Cagangohan Women’s Association (CWA), the first all-women fishers’ organization in the country, there’s truth in the old Chinese proverb, with a little twist: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
This is the ninth volume of Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries published by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Group. The publication provides some information on the broad development trends relating to gender, poverty and environmental issues in the 53 African countries. Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries 2011 was prepared by the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department.
The growing worldwide demand for resources is threatening the world’s environmental health to an unprecedented extent. Unless new policies are set in place, this situation could have devastating implications for human development. In this context, women and children can be very active participants in the defence of the environment and stop, or even reverse, the degradation of our natural resources.