Happy International Women’s Day!
Do you know that women has a big role in Agriculture?
Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in the developing world. Empowering and investing in rural women has been shown to significantly increase productivity, reduce hunger and malnutrition and improve rural livelihoods. And not only for women, but for everyone.
Here some fact about the role of women in agrciulture:
1. In developing countries, 79% of economically active women spend their working hours producing food, working in agriculture. Women are 43% of the farming work force.
2. Yields for women farmers are 20-30 percent lower than for men. This is because women have less access to improved seeds, fertilizers and equipment.
3. Giving women farmers more resources could bring the number of hungry people in the world down by 100 – 150 million people.
4. Women comprise about 43 percent of the global agricultural labour force and of that in developing countries, but this figure masks considerable variation across regions and within countries according age and social class.
5. The contribution of women to agricultural and food production is clearly significant.
6. Women’s participation in rural labour markets show much heterogeneity at the regional level, but women are over represented in unpaid, seasonal and part-time work, and the available evidence suggests that women are often paid less than men, for the same work.
*This photo was taken at IAAS LC UNS Village Concept Project in Kemuning Village – Central Java. The women’s group makes SABUTASI (Sari Jambu Biji Fermentasi), it means fermented guava juice.