Evidence that barriers to women’s economic participation and productivity may be stifling opportunities for growth is strengthening. New knowledge derived from a multilateral research programme – Women’s Economic Empowerment and Growth in Low Income Countries – will help to generate and inform policies that promote women’s contribution to economic growth. Knowledge generation by academic, civil society and commercial collaborators will be accomplished using conventional research tools and deductive processes that do not present risks to climate or environment. Uptake of policies that progress growth through improved economic opportunities for women could harbour indirect risks of unwanted impacts on natural resources if not responsibly managed. By ensuring that WEEG policies and future programmes are formulated to embrace environment and climate issues in relation to growth, agricultural production and other enterprises that exploit natural resources should not be compromised.
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