08 Mar Women could feed millions more people if given access to means of production – UN
UN News Centre
7 March 2011 – Women in rural areas have the potential to raise agricultural production to levels that would feed up to 150 million more of the world’s hungry people if they had equal access to the means of production, including land, financial services, education and technology, according to a United Nations report released today.
The “State of Food and Agriculture” report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that yields on plots managed by women are lower than those managed by men because women do not have equal access to capital.
“The report makes a powerful business case for promoting gender equality in agriculture,” says Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director-General.