In the Solomon Islands, women play a major role in the country's rural economy, as both producers and sellers of their produce at the market. Women are responsible for about 90 percent of fresh fruit and vegetable marketing – as bulk-buyers and as retailers.
The 'Solomon Islands Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessment' [PDF] points out that many of the women running these enterprises are, or have the potential, to be growth-oriented. Many women, however, are excluded from the policy dialogue processes; as well have difficulty accessing information, justice and land.
The report provides simple and attainable tools for implementation, such as producing a business entry handbook, and canvases policy goals for government and partners, such as IFC and other development partners to incorporate in their reform programs with government to improve the opportunities for women in business.
In the Pacific region, women's ability to access and control income, and exert decision making power is yet to be fully realized.
The Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu examines this issue by analyzing the constraints women in business face and provides recommendations for IFC to incorporate into its investment climate reform programs to reduce the gender specific obstacles.
For more information, view the Executive Summary.
To learn more about the women's individual stories of entrepreneurship, view Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific.