Policy makers should remove constrictive legislative and social-cultural factors that prevent women in Sub-saharan Africa from accessing climate smart practices, technologies and innovations, climate information and services and micro-finance. In addition, governments should integrate gender considerations in assessing vulnerability, impacts and risks of climate change at local and national and involve women in climate change monitoring, adaptation and decision-making processes. By so doing, the governments can have a food secure society that is climate smart, inclusive and resilient.
Published March 7, 2014
Female farmers are 8 percent of the world’s population, men 11 percent. Women make up 20 percent of the agricultural labor force in Latin America and nearly 50 percent in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
This Saturday the United Nations marks the 103rd International Women's Day, celebrated each year on March 8. This year's theme, Inspiring Change, spotlights the successes of women in achieving equal rights while calling attention to existing injustices.
Women still face significant inequality on our world's farms, especially in developing countries. Women are just as good at farming as men, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, but because they have less access to resources, they get much lower crop yields.
By 2050 the global population is expected to grow by 2.3 billion people; food demand could rise 60 percent. Closing the gender gap in farming would not only fight hunger, but also provide "positive secondary effects," says Anna Fälth of UN Women.
For example, "empowered women have healthier and better educated children," she says.
education would appear to be a key here, I think. But, there again, that's a vast step that would have to be taken as it's certainly not advancing at a quick pace.
The rotten feminist agenda of pitting men against women is counterproductive. Men and women need each other.
Formulate and implement socio-politico-economic structure as that of former Soviet Union, especially in the entire so called Third World or under developed countries.
we need more people like Geoff Lawton teacher people in developing countries about permaculture.
My post on women farmers from Karnataka, India.
@Mary Waterton Ok then, you can go along needing men while most of use are putting our heads together and making an independent living without relying on men to support us.
@Benji Sun but that wouldn't address the issues in this article. While that is a great realm of advancement, it would be another realm in which female agriculture workers would not have every opportunity as their male counterparts.
"Women have less access to education, especially in rural areas. The education gap is largest in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa."
if you've watched the video, you'll notice one of the women who was taught by Geoff Lawton is now a teacher to other women. i wouldn't say educated people are always less ignorant when it comes to social inequalities, but generally it is better to be educated than not.
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