Women Farmers Could Be Key to Easing Hunger

The U.N. food agency says giving women farmers better access to land and other agricultural resources could help reduce the number of hungry people in the world by increasing farm output.

In a report released Monday, the Food and Agriculture Organization said if women had the same tools and resources as men, they could raise agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent. The FAO said that increase in food production could reduce the number of undernourished people by as much as 17 percent.

The FAO report said women make up 43 percent of the agricultural workforce in developing countries, but only 10 to 20 percent of the women own the land they farm and they find it more difficult to get credit to buy better seeds and fertilizers. As a result, the FAO said, women farmers are currently less productive than their male counterparts. voa

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