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Happy International Women’s Day!

Submitted by Teresa Buerkle on March 8, 2013

“If we unite to increase food security for women, we also nourish the minds and bodies of whole communities.”

Read the joint statement on International Women’s Day from the heads of FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme and the International Development Law Organization.

Mind the gap? (Yes, I do.)

Women make up more than 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries. Improving equality in women’s access to agricultural inputs (such as seeds, tools, fertilisers), education and public services would contribute significantly to achieving food security and better nutrition for all.

The graphic below illustrates the gender gap in land rights in developing regions:

Farming First - Women in Agriculture

Learn more about FAO’s work on gender here>>

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