Green fields dotted with bright red tomatoes line the arid countryside around the village of Al Tod, in the Egyptian governorate of Luxor (a municipality some 300 km from the capital, Cairo). The sun shines as warm winds blow the dresses and headscarves of women who are sorting and clearing the fields. Nearby, men check the irrigation system to make sure water is reaching all tiny roots. A vast change, from just one year ago, when many of these same fields were barren.
Twenty six of these local women used to be members of the Al Tod Agricultural Community Development Farmers’ Association, but since the land was owned only by their male counterparts, the men dominated decision-making and did not let the women have a say.
After years of marginalization and hardship, the 26 women left the association and formed a cooperative, which spurred them to independently start raising cattle – a new source of income for them.
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