About

Leaders from the Kitchen is a cookbook that celebrates Nicaraguan & Belizean cuisines while dignifying and promoting women’s small business development, enterprising and social endeavors in Belize and Nicaragua.

The cookbook was created by a coalition of grassroots women leaders from the U.S., Nicaragua, and Belize, with the support of Citizen Bridges International (US), Casa Alianza (Nicaragua), and Women’s Issues Network (Belize). This joint initiative is funded in part by the U.S. Department of State.

Your purchase of this cookbook helps benefit women’s economic and professional development in Belize & Nicaragua. Sales proceeds will go towards women development programs at partner organizations in both countries.

This blog is a behind-the-scenes peak at the cookbook’s creation and project launch. Here you’ll be able to find recipes from the cookbook and the adventures of the Kitchen Leaders’ Team: Daysi, Lestell, Jamie H., Jamie P., Indira, Sarah, Marcela & Megan.

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May the journey be delicious.  Here’s to digging in!

The Kitchen Leaders Team

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Why focus on Women?

Across the world, women are typically responsible for 60-80% of food production and nearly 100% of food preparation. Yet they earn just 10% of the world’s income and own just 2% of the world’s land.

On average, women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries; with around 20 percent just in Latin America. Closing the gender gap (i.e. the difference between women and men) in agriculture would generate significant gains for the agriculture sector and for society. If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20–30 percent.

Feeding a family is difficult, unpaid work, and despite the critical role women play in feeding their families, their access to credit, education, and household decision-making power is also severely limited.

Want to know more? Take a look at this infographic  (FAO) to see how the gender gap in agriculture is affecting all of us.

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Who are our partner organizations?

Most of the women featured in Leaders from the Kitchen, work or volunteer with our partner organizations. Through the implementation of grassroots projects and programs in underprivileged communities, these organizations are working to bring about change in Belize and Nicaragua.

In Nicaragua

Fabretto empowers underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to improve their livelihoods and increase their economic opportunities through education, nutrition, and professional development.

OMAN, the Organización de Mujeres Afrodescendientes de Nicaragua (Organization of Nicaraguan Women of African Descent), works to promote the identity, culture and traditions of the Afrodescendant population of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

In Belize

4-H Youth Development Center provides vocational training, personal development and life skills training, entrepreneurial support, job placement assistance and agricultural education to youth ages 14-17.

WIN Belize (Women’s Issues Network) , advocates for women’s rights, empowers women economically and strengthens local organizations through fundraising and staff training.

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