Empowering Female Farmers

Since March 8th is the 103rd International Women’s Day, I thought I would dedicate today’s blog post to raising awareness about some inequality issues going on all over the world, especially in developing countries, concerning farming. I found an article written by Kelsey Nowakowski for National Geographic that has some really cool info graphics (and who doesn’t love info graphics?) so I thought I would include them since they do a much better job explaining the problem than if I wrote it all out.

So what is the problem women are facing in the farming industry? According to the UN Agriculture Organization, women are able to farm just as well as men, but since they often do not have access to the same resources available to men, female farmers end up yielding a much smaller crop.

Since the global population is supposed to increase by 2.3 billion people by 2050, we will see a 60% increase in food demand. If we can work on closing that gender gap in farming and make sure females have access to the same resources as men, we can have a positive effect on fighting world hunger. Not only this, but according to Anna Falth of UN Women, there are so many more secondary outcomes that would result, one of which is that “empowered women have healthier and better educated children.”

So here are those cool info graphs I promised:

GRAPHIC: ALVARO VALIÑO. SOURCES: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK

GRAPHIC: ALVARO VALIÑO. SOURCES: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK

GRAPHIC: ALVARO VALIÑO. SOURCES: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK

GRAPHIC: ALVARO VALIÑO. SOURCES: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK

GRAPHIC: ALVARO VALIÑO. SOURCES: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK

GRAPHIC: ALVARO VALIÑO. SOURCES: UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK

Source: National Geographic “International Women’s Day 2014: Revealing the Gap Between Men and Women Farmers

Graphic: Alvaro Valino.

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