The Female Face of Farming - Exploring the Gender Gap in Agriculture (Infographic Resources)

Alyssa Rust
Posted April 16, 2015 from United States

Women wear a variety of hats in all countries. Women are Workers, women are Entrepreneurs, women are Care-Givers, Bread-winners and Bread-Makers. Women are Mothers, Wives, Daughters, and Sister. Women are very versatile but even though women have multi-faceted roles with their communities, gender gaps still remain in many different areas.

Here is a great info graphic that was produced by the United Nations: Food and Agriculture Organization that highlight the gender gap in agriculture around the world.

http://www.fao.org/gender/infographic/en/ (Link)

“Women, on average, comprise 43% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries and account for an estimated two-thirds of the world's 600 million poor livestock keepers.”

“The vast majority of studies have found that differences in yields between men and women exist not because women are less skilled but because they have less access to inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers and equipment.”

Do you see any of these trends that are highlighted in this graphic occur in your society? Are women able to over come some of these gaps? How can we use our voice and work together and overcome this gap in agriculture? Can women gain economic empowerment through their roles in agriculture?

I would love to hear your thougthts on this topic and any other thoughts that come to mind when explore the info graphic. I hope everyone enjoys!

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Julie Collura
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 19, 2015

Hello Alyssa, thanks for this post. I really like the graphic, but the link doesn't work for me. I'm taking an English language learning and teacher training project to rural Uganda this summer. My curriculum focuses on women's economic empowerment. If you have any more resources, please send them my way. Thanks so much!

Here's a link to my page if you'd like to know more about the project: https://www.volunteerforever.com/volunteer_profile/julie-collura

Alyssa Rust
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 20, 2015

Hi, Sorry the Link didn't work. I just updated it. Try it again when you get time to let me know if the link works now. I'll keep looking for resources. I have also posted some in the Resource Library that I haven't had time to also repost in the group. 

https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/resources/library 

There are a few more resources located there and as I find more that is where I will be posting most of them. Thanks for sharing about your project. Sound like it will be a great experience! 

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ma.chona lasaca
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 24, 2015

Hi Alyssa! Thank you for sharing this informative link about women in Agriculture.Having worked with rural women farmers in the Philippines, I can very much validate the gender issues that also affect Philippine women farmers.the infographic is a powerful way of presenting the situation to rural development workers and policy makers alike.