Suzanne's Project Goals are to develop the technical and managerial capacities of Turkish women farmers through education, while supporting the region's economic advancement toward sustainable agriculture and gender equality. The objective is to examine the participants' socio-economic status, obtain a better understanding of their farming system and determine their level of interest in improved production technologies, business planning and management strategies. This also includes demonstrating new tools for best farm practices, building a sense of community and ultimately, empowering the women.
Sebahat Kilinc, a farmer in the village of Elmali, Turkey, is interviewed by Rutgers professor Dr. Robin Brumfield and Dr. Burhan Özkan of Akdeniz University, Turkey. Photo Credit: Mick Minard
“Women currently account for approximately 45% of Turkey's agricultural workforce, we implemented Suzanne’s Project in recognition of women farmers as critical agents for enhancing agricultural and rural development and food security in Turkey.” Dr. Brumfield
Suzanne's Project Timeline
Kumluca, Turkey - beginning
Suzanne’s Project, or Suzan’ın Projesi is named after Suzanne Brumfield Yavuz, a passionate advocate for education, sustainable food, farming and gender equality,very much like her mother, Robin Brumfield, Ph.D.