Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Women are backbone of farming

Danielle Nierenberg of  the Food Think Tank says “women are the backbone of farming.

“Across the planet, women and girl farmers play a big role in changing the food system and creating a well-nourished world.

“In poor and rich nations alike, they are taking on more defined roles in food and agriculture.”

She has helped to produce a video about this situation.

“If access to new technology and resources is made available to women farmers, yields could increase by 20 to 30 percent and could reduce the number of hungry people in world by 100 to 150 million people,” Nierenberg writes.

“When women have the right tools, they have limitless potential.
“According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), ‘healthy, educated, and empowered women are more likely to have healthy, educated, and confident children.’

“Addressing the deep-rooted inequalities that currently prevent women from gaining equal access to tools and resources will level the playing field and help close the gender gap,” she writes.