Women and Agriculture

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Women and Agriculture

  1. 1. Women and Agriculture Juhie Bhatia Women's eNews, Managing Editor Global Voices Online, Public Health Editor Thailand
  2. 2. "Even talking only about the rural areas, women produce 50% of the food of the world. They receive only 1% of the credit but they produce 50% of the food." --Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations Development Program Under- Secretary General and Associate Administrator Australia
  3. 3. Vital Work Women make up on average 43% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. But some 60% of the world’s chronically hungry are women and girls. U.S.A
  4. 4. Source: "Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development," FAO, March 2011
  5. 5. Common Work Women in agriculture work as: Farmers Laborers (paid/unpaid) Entrepreneurs They are more likely to hold work that is: Seasonal Low-wage Part-time Kenya
  6. 6. Gender Gap But female farmers have less access than male farmers to: •Resources •Services •Opportunities Afghanistan
  7. 7. While the gender gap varies by resource and location, gaps exist in areas such as: •Land •Livestock •Education •Financial services •Technology Greece
  8. 8. Source: "Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development," FAO, March 2011
  9. 9. Source: "Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development," FAO, March 2011
  10. 10. So what's the downside? Uganda
  11. 11. Lower yields Reduced income Family's well- being impacted Food security Cambodia
  12. 12. Food Security •Giving women the same tools and resources as men could increase agricultural production by 2.5 to 4%. •This could reduce the number of hungry people by 12 to 17%, or by 100 to 150 million people. Tanzania
  13. 13. So what can be done? England
  14. 14. •Eliminate discrimination under the law •Gender-aware policy and programming •Gather sex-specific data •Ensure women's voices are heard Egypt
  15. 15. The Role of Media
  16. 16. The Role of Media •Media is another way to share female farmers' voices. •But in agricultural stories monitored in Mali, Uganda and Zambia, only 20% of sources were farmers and other rural, agricultural workers. •Just 11% of the sources and 22% of the reporters were women. Laos
  17. 17. Improving Coverage •Gender equality in newsrooms •Examine the gender angle •Training •Talk to farmers •Diversity •Include male voices Albania
  18. 18. For More Information: "Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development," FAO, March 2011: http://bit.ly/e4Umxf Preventing Hunger, Focus on Women, World Food Programme: http://bit.ly/khmnOh “Reporting on Agriculture and Women: Africa,” IWMF, Feb 2009: http://bit.ly/m6YgMw Photos from the blog Shakesville: http://bit.ly/2MeB1v Guatemala
  19. 19. Juhie Bhatia Women's eNews, Managing Editor Global Voices Online, Public Health Editor Algeria

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