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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:21

Gender inequality in agriculture a barrier to food security

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women farmerswoman tea farm fbThe discrepancy in gender equality in agriculture is a serious barrier to achieving food and nutrition security, with the role of women neither recognised nor supported, writes Anna-Marie Muller.

In a piece for the Pilgrimage of of Justice and Peace blog, Muller writes, "The discrepancy in gender equality in agriculture is a serious barrier to achieving food and nutrition security. Although women represent 55% of the economically active population, only 15% are in remunerative employment. Women do 43% of agricultural work globally, and that figure is larger in sub-Saharan African and Eastern Asian countries. Women’s status is linked to nutrition, which is linked to education and health."

"The future of the world depends on fixing so many of our social issues, and it is my belief that overlooking women will continue to come at a high price. Addressing this can be a practical response to a major injustice that exists in our world."

Read the article in full at Pilgrimage of of Justice and Peace.

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