Stories of Change
Making a Difference
Promoting underutilised species selectively favours very poor people, particularly women, living in the driest, remotest and least agriculturally productive areas of the country, people for whom alternative livelihood options are extremely limited. Underutilised species complement conventional food crops, bestow competitive advantage to local producers, and increase family income enormously. In most cases the women are in charge of those additional funds and they can spend them on food, education and health.