Women Trainers Lead the Way in Sustainable Agriculture
Development experts believe gender equity will be critical to global food security in the coming decades, as the world’s farmers struggle to produce food for a rapidly growing population on a shrinking area of arable land. In Latin America, one in five farmworkers is a woman, and in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, half of all agricultural laborers are women. Yet despite being just as skilled as their male counterparts, women in developing countries have less access to resources (such as credit), and therefore lower crop yields.
At the same time, numerous studies have shown that when women control household income, they are more likely than men to spend money on their families (food, clothing, and health-related items)—with benefits for the entire community. Research shows a 20 percent increase in childhood survival rates when women manage their household budget. And when women farmers are given equal access to resources, education, financing, and land rights, they can increase farm yields by 20 to 30 percent. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE