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Excerpt from the article: “Despite the fact that smallholder farming in most developing countries has a woman’s
face, women farmers are too often invisible and under-supported when it comes
to investments, policies, and programmes. This reality intimately affects the
lives of rural women, men and children, and is standing in the way of world
food security. There is a striking gender bias in favour of men when it comes
to access to, and ownership of, land, agricultural technology, information,
training, financial services and all related productive resources. This gender
bias makes agriculture less productive than it could be, and undermines the
world’s ability to reduce hunger and poverty, and to support economic development.”
I remember learning about this in my 'Rurality, Livelihood, & Gender' course in Sweden. Many of the other students from Cameroon, Bangladesh, and China spoke about how crucial it was for their country's food security that women farmers have equal access to land tenure.
Along the same lines are some other good links for those who want more info on the subject:
United Nations Economic and Social Council
Division for the Advancement of Women
Convention for the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women
And two videos:
There are also many scholarly articles on this subject which I encourage people to read up on. Try Google Scholar!
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Here is a great project, started to specifically benefit women coffee farmers in Peru, and now giving assistance to women farmers in many countries:
Cafe Feminino Foundation