Rossana Dewi

Ashoka Fellow
Indonesia,
Fellow Since 2002
Yayasan Gita Pertiwi

Citation

This profile was prepared when Rossana Dewi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Rossana sees that the success of sustainable agriculture depends largely on the development and training of local people. Further, she sees that women can play important leadership roles in agricultural development and production. Through a curriculum offered through a network of field learning centers, Rossana is helping rural women see opportunities and learn the skills they need to pursue them. By mastering practices in sustainable agriculture, the women also rise to a new role in their families and communities. The impact is substantial: women make more money by increasing crop yields through planning and better techniques; they reduce operating expenses by producing their own seeds; and they use fewer chemical fertilizers. In addition, the women gain the self-confidence that allows them to assert themselves in other spheres of life. From Rossana's learning centers, farmers move on to form groups and organizations that devise and lobby for government policies that offer greater opportunities to small-scale farmers.
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The Person

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