Closing the Gender Gap for Women Farmers

March 8, 2018

 

By 2050, we will need to feed 9 billion people on the planet. This cannot be done without inspiring and supporting the women that make up our agricultural workforce.

 

 In developing countries across Africa, Asia and Central America, women make up 43% of the agricultural workforce. However, their farms generally under-perform relative to those owned by male farmers in the same region. These female farmers are being deprived of access to the same institutional and governmental support, such as land, education and financing. Fixing this inequality will have a significant impact on their yield and on the productivity of agriculture overall, and would motivate more women to pursue careers in agriculture.

 

“If women were given the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase the yields on their farms by 20-30%”. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

 

There is significant capacity for increased food production in developing countries, which are generally also the regions with the greatest instability and proportion of hungry people. Focusing efforts on supporting the role of women in these regions, particularly by policy makers, decision-makers and international organisations, could rapidly reduce the number of hungry people.

 

Supporting the productivity of women farmers would benefit Africa’s next generation, according to studies that show how women’s role in decision making directly influences health, education, and child well-being.

 

Our work at Avenews-GT is anchored in the understanding that women farmers are critical in the fight against poverty in developing countries and need opportunities that will help them become economically independent by building a sustainable business.

 

To women farmers all over the world, we are here to help you participate in the global market and deliver your unique and high-quality agricultural produce to the world.

 

 

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