Women farmers account for more than half of the world’s food production, but get short-changed on everything from wages to land ownership to extension services.
In Africa, women farmers account for about 80 per cent of food production, but in many countries can’t own land, get paid a pittance and are neglected by extension staff, 85 per cent of them males.
In South Asia and the Middle East women are paid less than men for part-time work that many require to supplement farming income.
Danielle Nierenberg and Syyada Burney outline the situation in a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. It’s posted on the internet at http://www.worldwatch.org/investments-women-farmers-still-too-low .