Food insecurity: UN experts urge equality for rural women in developing countries

By agency reporter
June 3, 2019

Equality for women can be a cornerstone in building a world without hunger and poverty, according to experts from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) attending Women Deliver 2019, but only if it is extended to the 1.7 billion women and girls who live in some of the world poorest rural areas. 

Around the world, rural women in developing countries are more likely to be food insecure than men. They have fewer rights to the land and less access to the financing and inputs they need to farm more successfully, and diversify their livelihoods. These women are often overlooked or silenced in the decisions that affect their lives. But at the same time, they are fundamental to the future economic and social development of their countries. For example, it is estimated that giving women the same access to productive resources as men would increase farm yields by as much as 20 to 30 per cent.

At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference, IFAD will bring together senior officials, gender and policy experts to discuss a range of issues crucial to the world's future food security, including rural women’s economic and social empowerment, land issues and the key barriers and constraints that hold rural women back from fulfilling their true potential.

* More about Women Deliver 2019 here

* The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. https://www.ifad.org/

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