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The “Grow” campaign has defined an important gender approach by stating that women are essential players in the agricultural process, especially in family farming. This important role, however, is invisible, scarcely recognized or valued, as demonstrated by the data presented by several studies, and this Oxfam publication confirms them.
In Brazil, women have a strategic role in food production in family farming, which supplies 70% of Brazilian food consumption. Here as well, little production information is broken down by gender –the daily work of women is called help, sometimes by women themselves. The money resulting from the sale of their products is not seen as essential or even included in family income. What they produce to feed the family, even though it is on the table every day, is not accounted for as income of the property, nor even as family income.
The Grow campaign in Brazil gives priority attention to women, highlighting their role in food production and consumption, both in rural and urban environments, seeking to empower them to change the context and power relationships that make their work invisible and prevent them from realizing themselves as women and as “individuals.”
This research was conducted aiming to achieve this objective, in partnership with Sempreviva Organização Feminista (SOF), which we hope will contribute to questioning, rethinking and, ultimately, changing the imbalances in power relationships that prevent women from realizing themselves as human beings, especially with regard to those relationships related to food production and access.