Investing in Women Farmers #hwhtw

October 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

This new article from VOA makes the case that “investing in women farmers isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good business.”

“Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in 37 countries, 50 percent throughout much of Asia and Africa, and 43 percent of the agricultural workforce worldwide. However, there are well-documented gender disparities in access to credit, assets, seeds, fertilizers and technologies. Furthermore, women often lose access to their land in the event of a husband’s death and also have more limited access to markets.

“‘Given the same resources as their male counterparts, women farmers could produce 20 to 30 percent more food than they do currently, says a UN Food and Agriculture Organization in its biannual report released earlier this year. The report argues that closing the gender gap in resources would increase total agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent. That could translate to a 12 to 17 percent reduction in world hunger and the ability to feed up to 150 million more people per year.’

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  • 1. dwbdg  |  October 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the great Post; this issue is so important, I have been following it as well. And your Blog is right on. Great research and info!!

    I wonder if you have heard of the author Bina Agarwal, and her concept of the Efficiency Theory; which states that women farmers, especially if they are given access to gender-specific technology, are more productive that their male counterparts. That was from her article, Gender and Land Rights Revisited: Exploring New Prospects via the State, Family and Market, in Journal of Agraruan Change, Vol. 3, April, 2003.

    Her seminal work, on land rights for women farmers is “A field of One’s Own (

    Thank you again for covering this issue!


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