Focus group discussions conducted with rural women from the Western Balkans

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Focus group discussions are part of the Study on the role of women in the rural areas in the Western Balkans. They aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of relevant dynamics and current issues rural women face.

The study is designed to shed light on women’s engagement in agriculture and their contribution to rural development in the Western Balkan region, as well as the opportunities to use their potential in the development of a circular economy, and green, social, and environmental entrepreneurship.

Possible implications for supporting women to become more visible as agents of change in the sector will be a critical result of the study.

The activity is implemented through the Projects: Promotion of Economic Diversification of Rural Areas in Southeast Europe (SEDRA II) in SEE- Evidence based policy development financed by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by GIZ and SWG; and Agricultural Policy Dialogue Germany – Western Balkans” (APD), financed by German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), implemented in partnership with GFA.