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Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security


Office of Global Food Security
September 19, 2011

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A Film about Empowering Women to Feed the Future

In today’s world, the most important business is growing enough food and ensuring that it reaches everyone.

To feed our growing population, we need to increase global food production by 70% before 2050.

Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in many areas of the world.

Yet today, for every investment we make in producing food, we fail to get the best results because MANY women lack the access they need to land, seeds, water, credit and markets.

If we equip women with the right tools, training and technology, we could see as much as a 30% increase in global food production.

This means 150 million more people could have enough to eat each year.

Around the world, that change is already underway.

In Kenya, women who have access to the same resources as men are seeing a 22% increase in their crop yields.

In Bangladesh, mothers who have greater control over their family’s funds are spending more on their children’s well-being, enabling them to lead healthier and more productive lives.

And in Brazil, through programs that target women and strengthen their role in markets, the population in extreme poverty has been cut by half—and malnutrition has been reduced by 73%.

If we improve access to opportunities for one woman, we improve our results and grow our economy.

Now multiply one woman by hundreds. Or thousands. Even millions.

Invest in women. Change your world. Feed the Future.



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