Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture

1393 WordsJan 27, 20186 Pages
Closing the gender gap in agriculture is a critical component of improving lives and reducing hunger in developing countries. If female farmers had the same access to resources as males do, they could increase the yields on their farms by 20-30 percent. This could raise the total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5-4 percent, which could then reduce the number of food insecure people by 12-17 percent. (FAO, 2011) Women in developing countries lack access to productive resources and opportunities such as land, livestock, labor education financial services and technology, which leaves women unable to participate in fair rural labor markets. This gender discrimination harms the ability of women in rural communities to support themselves and their families and decreases the efficiency of the work they do, leaving them unable to find time to engage in productive activities outside of food production and preparation. One in eight people in the world are suffering from chronic hunger and sixty percent of the world’s hungry are female. There are approximately 168.4 million more women than men who are regularly not getting enough food to lead an active life. Though the number of hungry is 17 percent lower than the total number of undernourished reported in 1990-92, there are significant differences is the amount of improvement among regions. Of the 842 million people suffering from hunger, 827 million live in developing countries. One in three children in developing
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