Women play a huge role in producing the world’s food. Actually, the food on your plate today is very likely produced by a female farmer.
Every day, there are millions and millions of women working somewhere at this planet on a plantation, in a greenhouse or in a factory – packing fruits, vegetables, fish and meat with destination Europe. Many of these women are poor. But these hard-working women can play an important role in eradicating poverty.
However, female farmers and workers are often worse off than their male colleagues:
2. On average,
women represent 43 percent of the world’s agricultural workforce and 47 percent of the global fisheries workforce, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In some countries this is even higher; in Morocco women even represent 70 percent of the agricultural workforce. 3. Female farmers have a lack of access to banking, financial services and
they control less land, use fewer inputs and have less access to important services such as extension advice. This results in female farmers producing less than male farmers, women farmers’ yields, for example, are often 20–30 percent lower than for men’s. 4. Women in agriculture generally receive
lower wages for the same work, even when they have the same experience and qualifications. 5. In Asia and Africa, female agricultural workers
work 13 hours more per week than men. 6. Women have a greater workload overall,
including a heavy burden of low-productivity activities like fetching water and firewood. Women do not only work longer than men, they are often also responsible for household chores including preparing food, taking care of their children and collecting fuel and water. Watch this video of tomato worker Fatima in which she speaks about her day-to-day duties.
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