The proceedings of the first Global Conference on Women in Agriculture

Women farmers represent more than a quarter of the world’s population. Women comprise, on an average, 43 percent of the agricultural workforce in developing countries, ranging from 20 percent in Latin America to 50 percent in Eastern Asia and SubSaharan Africa. Yet, women have less access than men to agriculture-related assets, inputs, and services. Had they enjoyed the same access to productive resources as men, women could boost yield by 20-30 percent; raising the overall agricultural output in developing countries by two and a half to four percent. This gain in production could lessen the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17 percent, besides increasing women’s income (FAO, 2011)

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