In Azerbaijan, men make up the vast majority of agricultural entrepreneurs. And while most agribusiness managers are male, those engaged in the field and post-harvest work, which accounts for most of the jobs in the sector, are predominantly female. Fortunately, as the agricultural sector grows, new opportunities are opening up for women.
Nehayet Abbasova, a secondary school teacher from the Shamkir region in Azerbaijan, had long sought the chance to attend educational courses. Despite her aspirations, rural Azerbaijan lacks opportunities for intellectually curious people to obtain new skills or gain practical knowledge.
In the mountainous Dashkasan district of rural Azerbaijan, old habits die hard. Many families maintain patriarchal traditions and women aren’t often encouraged to speak up. Hardly any woman has held a top government position in this district. But now things are changing.
Improving the provision of electricity to households and businesses in Azerbaijan's Piramsan village in Shabran rayon has been a top priority of the community for a long time.
The nearly century-old village of Zardabi lies on the Guba-Khachmaz road in northern part of Azerbaijan and is surrounded by thousands of apple and sour plum orchards. In Zardabi, like everywhere else in Azerbaijan, the social infrastructure collapsed along with the Soviet Union.
Last updated: April 25, 2017