UN CSW 62 - RESTORATIVE RURAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
United Nations Commission on Status of Women 62
United Nations Church Center
777 UN Plaza, New York, NY
Restorative Rural Agricultural Development
for Empowering Women and Girls and Advancing Peacebuilding
Our presentation for the UNCSW focused on an Alternative Approach for Empowering Women and Girls in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention through innovative community agricultural practices. Our approach is called a Restorative Rural Agricultural Development (RRAD). The programme focuses on women and girls’ leadership for rebuilding communities through healing and engagement combined with agricultural practices that comprise a purpose of fostering sustainable and resilient communities for an enduring peace. Grace Initiative wishes to thank a sponsor GreenGrow Ventures, an organic fertilizer company based in Demopolis, AL., exporting to 22 countries, including all over Africa and Middle East.
Restorative rural agricultural development builds from the necessity for healing and for rebuilding of relationships, communities and societies after conflict, violence and extreme poverty. Its goals are transformational with objectives of community reconciliation, sustainability, and resilience.
In addition to healing, community agricultural provides local food sources, providing directly nutrition and sustenance. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), malnutrition and food insecurity is on the rise. The food security situation has worsened in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, South-Eastern Asia and Western Asia, and deteriorations have been observed most notably in situations of conflict and conflict combined with droughts or floods. The number of conflicts is also on the rise. Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, conflicts seriously affect food security and are a cause of much of the recent increase in food insecurity. To this end, our project aims to promote peacebuilding and to provide a local source of food security.
Our proposed programme proposes a restorative justice programme that provides truth telling, healing, combined with sustainable agricultural mechanisms for women and girls who are reintegrating back into civil society after conflict and or extreme hardship due to violence or criminal activity. During conflict and violence, women and girls are at high risk of discrimination, gender-violence and extreme poverty. Also, when they reintegrate they do so with substantial trauma and this trauma needs to be addressed.
As part of the healing and sustainability process, we propose community sustainable farming. We firmly believe that agriculture offers a variety of healing benefits as it provides those involved with purpose and opportunity as well as physical and psychological benefits.” For example, through the CSA, women will learn about sustainable and organic farming, which in turn, will provide them with skill building, sustainable consumption and income alternatives for them, their families and their communities. This will ultimately result in high self-esteem for women who can become leaders for peace.
In addition, the program provides an alternative and cost-effective mechanism for facilitating and fostering peacebuilding through innovative community agricultural practices. This program combines qualities of restorative justice, such as story-telling and healing with relationship building, engagement, social cohesion with community agriculture endeavors which promote sustainable and resilient agricultural practices . RRAD considers land management, alternative low cost energy and green technology, and programs such as community supported agriculture (CSA). It will examine holistic policies and alternative development
In summary, the RRAD programme offers an innovative peacebuilding for enabling a sustainable peacebuilding. which mitigates drivers of conflict and helping to prevent conflict. The approach for is applicable for programs which include civil society and faith communities, local governance, gender equity, and youth engagement. The programme’s goal is empowerment for women and girls for rural agricultural development for sustainable and lasting peace.
Achieving Global Goals
The restorative rural agricultural development program integrates global goals such as 2030 Agenda; food security; human rights notions of dignity and justice; climate change imperatives; action plans for preventing violent extremism; UN SCR 1325; the UN CSW62; the Beijing Platform; SDGs 1 (elimination of poverty), 5 (gender equality), 12 (responsible consumption), 15 (life on land) and 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies).