Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Mary Gerush


Women’s Rights Week: Women Food Producers Can Alleviate Hunger If Given The Opportunity

Closing The Gap In Agriculture

Global gender equality in agriculture looks bleak. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created a short video highlighting the facts:

  • 1.1 billion women worldwide lack the same access to land, seeds, water, and agricultural training, tools, and technologies as men.
  • These under-privileged women have the potential to produce 20 to 30% more food than they currently produce.
  • This additional food could eliminate hunger for 150 million people.

Female food producers have the power to boost food security, but in some parts of the world, they don’t have the opportunity to fulfill that promise. That’s an unfortunate — and largely invisible — dilemma for us all.

You Can Learn. You Can Help.

Information is knowledge, and knowledge enables action. If you want to learn more about how to influence women’s rights in agriculture:

The USDA’s 2007 Census of Agriculture showed there were over 300,000 women-operated farms in the U.S. — a 29% increase over 2002. It’s great to see American women forging their own agricultural ways and owning them. I’m just beginning to understand how global women’s rights affect our world food systems. This topic lives largely outside my comfortable little sphere. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to read, learn, and help.

I welcome your feedback and advice.

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !

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