Empowering women to end extreme poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition

Published on 19 March 2013

Over the past 10 years, significant achievements have been made by a number of organisations implementing promotional safety nets for the ultra-poor in Bangladesh. All these projects target women and are based on asset transfers — either direct transfers or cash grants for investment. Some include additional monthly allowances to support basic family needs while their investments grow enough to yield returns. (..) Across all programmes and models, women have become more empowered. Participants in WFP’s EU-funded Food Security for the Ultra Poor (FSUP) project were provided with training in entrepreneurial skills, income generating activities, disaster preparedness and nutrition.

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