Although women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force and produce between 60 and 80 percent of food crops in the developing world, there remains a gender gap between women and men when it comes to resources, land rights, and opportunity. Women have fewer resources, limited options regarding land rights and financial credit, and struggle to access the same education and technologies that their male peers enjoy. These endemic inequities result in women producing, on average, less than men from the same amount of land. Solving this problem would not only improve their lives and those of their children, but would also enhance food production and address climate change, which is why Project Drawdown ranks the solution as the 62nd best way to slow down climate change.
The stories in this collection (see below) feature Kenyan woman enhancing food security through beekeeping, a scalable practice of “sack” farming by Kenyan women that is spreading across Africa, displaced Kenyan tribal women using solar drying of pineapples to increase profit, and the Dalit, or “untouchable” women of India opening pilot farms based on sustainability and independence.
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