Impatient Optimists: “If We Invest in Women, They Can Feed the World” #hwhtw #IWD12

March 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

A great post (with fun graphic!) from the Gates Foundation, as part of its International Women’s Day coverage.

If We Invest in Women, They Can Feed the World

Haven Ley

A breakthrough year with a new global agenda

The importance of highlighting rural women throughout the developing world, and their role in farming, is an exciting and critical message as we celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, those of us supporting rural women in agricultural development were given an extraordinary gift in the form of a focused and data-rich global agenda for women’s empowerment in agriculture.

Initiated by two documents, the 2012 World Development Report and the State of Food and Agriculture Report, and supported by groundbreaking new evidence, this global call to action focuses attention on key disparities in access to and use of agricultural resources (tools, land, and even knowledge) between poor women and men farmers. These reports offer a look at just how much more can be grown — and grown more effectively — if the “gender gaps” between women and men farmers were closed.

This new global agenda, with a focus on the gender gap, unites everyone from global donors to Agricultural Ministers to non-profit organizations. We all have concrete roles to play to ensure women farmers are able to access the tools they need to feed their families.

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