International Women’s Day 2014

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

womenwatch Around the world some 600 million women are smallholder farmers or landless workers. A new video from CGIAR showcases the experiences of twelve women from Zambia, Bangladesh, Philippines and Cambodia to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March 2014 .

Recognition of the importance of focusing on gender in agricultural development has been growing but authors of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s State of Food and Agriculture 2010/11: Women in agriculture, claim that in the writing of the report many gender myths became apparent. Statistics repeatedly used but for which there is little hard evidence. As an example it is commonly stated that women produce 60-80% of food but only own 2% of the land, yet these claims are often generalised, out of date or hard to track to their original source. Through investigating big data such as this it became clear to authors that…

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