The Picture of Both Opportunity and Hunger is Decidedly Female.

The Picture of Both Opportunity and Hunger is Decidedly Female.

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In many African countries, women provide 60-80 percent of agricultural labor, producing food for their households and the market. Yet, 90 percent of agricultural credit is accessed by men and, women own less than 2 percent of the world’s land.

Disparities like these lead to a 20-30 percent gap between what men and women farmers are able to produce. By simply ensuring female farmers have access to the same resources as their male counterparts, the number of undernourished people globally could be reduced by 100-150 million!

Beyond the resource gap, women farmers are routinely paid less than men for their agricultural labor; carry a disproportionate share of household workloads; are often excluded from agricultural decision making; and are under-represented in agricultural organizations. The net impact of these barriers is a systematic gap between women’s potential contributions to food security and household resilience and what they are able to achieve today. By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Our programs build on – and are inspired by – the vital roles that women play in smallholder agriculture around the world, meeting the food needs of their households and contributing to the development and growth of their livelihoods and sustainable futures for their households and communities.