CARE International

photo CARE International

Women contribute significantly to agriculture and the rural economy in developing countries, however, compared to men, they have less access to productive resources and employment opportunities. FAO’s The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) on Women in Agriculture: closing the gender gap for development (2011) shows that reducing gender inequalities in access to resources, services and employment would increase developing country agricultural output by 2.5 to 4 percent, which globally could reduce the number of hungry people by 100-150 million. This series of Gender and Rural Employment Policy Briefs complements these findings by addressing a range of issues faced by rural women in their work environment. Intended for various public and private stakeholders, the briefs were inspired by insights from the 2009 FAO-IFAD-ILO Workshop on Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty. Read more: here