Women could sow greater food security

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laos farmerEmpowering women to reach their full potential in the agriculture sector could create unleash greater productivity, a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

“Removing the barriers women face in their roles as food producers, farm workers, and primary caregivers is achievable and inexpensive,” said Lourdes Adriano, Practice Leader for Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development in the Regional and Sustainable Development Department at ADB.

A major impediment holding back the productive potential of women in agriculture is land rights, pay discrimination and poor access to capital, which could be used to purchase fertilizers and tools.

In ASEAN, where many economies are still heavily reliant on the agricultural sector for employment, wielding the political will to give women greater opportunities to participate will leverage growth.

In Myanmar, 70 per cent of the country’s 60 million people currently subsist from agriculture; 36 per cent of Indonesia’s working population works in the sector, while that figure is 56 per cent in Cambodia, 48 per cent in Vietnam and 33 per cent in the Philippines, according to World Bank statistics.

Providing the regulatory support to empower women in the fields will also tackle malnourishment. Some 60 per cent of undernourished people worldwide are women or girls, a situation that can be strikingly changed with more gainful employment.

Below is a recent infographic by the ADB on how the right policies to empower women could tackle hunger and food insecurity.

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Empowering women to reach their full potential in the agriculture sector could create unleash greater productivity, a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

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laos farmerEmpowering women to reach their full potential in the agriculture sector could create unleash greater productivity, a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

“Removing the barriers women face in their roles as food producers, farm workers, and primary caregivers is achievable and inexpensive,” said Lourdes Adriano, Practice Leader for Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development in the Regional and Sustainable Development Department at ADB.

A major impediment holding back the productive potential of women in agriculture is land rights, pay discrimination and poor access to capital, which could be used to purchase fertilizers and tools.

In ASEAN, where many economies are still heavily reliant on the agricultural sector for employment, wielding the political will to give women greater opportunities to participate will leverage growth.

In Myanmar, 70 per cent of the country’s 60 million people currently subsist from agriculture; 36 per cent of Indonesia’s working population works in the sector, while that figure is 56 per cent in Cambodia, 48 per cent in Vietnam and 33 per cent in the Philippines, according to World Bank statistics.

Providing the regulatory support to empower women in the fields will also tackle malnourishment. Some 60 per cent of undernourished people worldwide are women or girls, a situation that can be strikingly changed with more gainful employment.

Below is a recent infographic by the ADB on how the right policies to empower women could tackle hunger and food insecurity.

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