Patricia Kisare marks the passing of Women’s History Month with a reflection on the role of women in world wide food production and the need to better account for who produces food when making policy and development decisions.
Women produce more than half of the world’s food, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. In most developing countries, rural women produce between 60 and 80 percent of the food and are the main producers of the world’s staple crops such as corn, wheat and rice.
Although these facts have been common knowledge for a long time, women’s role as key contributors to global food security is only now being recognized by policymakers and development experts. This is critical because agriculture can contribute immensely to global economic growth and development. How women farmers fare in the food production chain is a significant component in the fight against hunger.
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