|Greenhouse vegetable producer, El Cercado, Dominican Republic (photo credit Britt Basel)|
According to the FAO, women make up more than 40 percent of agricultural labor in developing countries, and in some countries, they are as much 80 percent of the agricultural work force. However, women farmers’ yields are roughly 20-30 percent less than male farmers. If gender barriers were eliminated and women farmers were able to match the yields of male farmers, global malnourishment could be reduced by 12 to 17 percent. But improved conditions for women don’t only lead to higher yields – they benefit the wider community as well.
- from the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Blog (EcoAgriculture Partners together with Food Tank)
|In Haiti, F2F Administrative Assistant Josemine (Jojo) Pierre (second from left) leads a training workshop for women on candle-making with pure beeswax. F2F assisted around 12,000 women from late 2008 through the end of 2012.|