Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies

The potential of adolescent girls living in rural economies to transform their economic and social realities.

 Building the capacity of adolescent girls, and engaging them in rural livelihoods, increases agricultural productivity and the development of agri-food systems, improves conservation of natural resources, and lifts communities out of poverty. 

An action agenda follows, outlining the steps needed to support adolescent girls, their families and their communities in creating a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Girls Grow forms part of the Girls Count series, produced by the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Other titles include: New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent GirlsStart with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global HealthGirls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development and the original report, Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda.


"Food price volatility and concerns about food insecurity have promoted renewed focus on rural areas of the developing world. As the world emphasises agriculture and rural economic development, there is a tremendous opportunity to bring about successful rural transformation through strategies that include a special focus on rural adolescent girls.

"Rural adolescent girls are positioned to become powerful agents of change in their communities and nations."

Authored by:

Catherine Bertini