Women Farmers Continue to Battle for Resources

Women farmers battle to access land and financial services, despite comprising more than half of the agriculture workforce, highlighting the need for the first Global Conference on Women in Agriculture currently underway in India.

Farmers teaching farmers in Tanzania.

  • Africa:  Women Scientists Face Tough Choices

    allAfrica.com, 12 March 2012

    Rufaro Madakadze, a horticultural scientist with the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA), was visiting a student recently in northern Ethiopia to discuss her acceptance into an ... read more »


  • Africa:  Neglecting Role of Women Farmers Threatens Food Security Initiatives

    Global Conference on Women in Agriculture, 12 March 2012

    As developing countries battle multiple threats to food security—soaring prices, crop-crushing weather extremes and dramatic population growth—agriculture experts ... read more »

  • Africa:  Celebrating the Power of Women to Nourish the Planet

    Worldwatch Institute, 8 March 2012

    Women have proven to be a powerful force in the fight against global hunger and poverty, especially in agriculture. Worldwide roughly 1.6 billion women rely on farming for their ... read more »

  • Africa:  The Invisible Guarantors of Food Security

    International Fund for Agricultural Development, 6 March 2012

    Empowering young women who are agents of change in their rural communities will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Local Sugar Board to Address Gender Disparity

    The Star, 6 March 2012

    THE Kenya Sugar Board is working on modalities of fast tracking reforms to ensure gender balance. Last Week, justices Abida Ali Aroni, Hillary Chemitei and Said Chitembwe sitting ... read more »

  • Africa:  For International Women's Day - an Innovative Agricultural Empowerment Index

    Worldwatch Institute, 7 March 2012

    Rural women represent, on average, more than 40 percent of the agricultural workforce in the developing world, but they own only one percent of the land, and face constant barriers ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Microloans, Greenhouses Help Women Cope With Climate Change

    Inter Press Service, 2 March 2012

    At Gakoromone Market in Meru, in Kenya's Eastern Province, Ruth Muriuki arrives in a pickup full of tomatoes and cabbages despite the scarcity of rainfall in the area, thanks to ... read more »