Women farmers represent more than a quarter of the world’s population. Women comprise, on an average, 43 per cent of the agricultural work force in developing countries, ranging from 20 per cent in Latin America to 50 per cent in Eastern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet women have less access than men to agriculture related assets, inputs and services. Had they enjoyed the same access to productive resources as men, women could boost yield by 20-30 per cent; raising the overall agricultural output in developing countries by two and a half to four per cent. This gain in production could lessen the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17 per cent, besides increasing women’s income. Against this backdrop, the Global Conference on Women in Agriculture (GCWA) is being organized with participation of researchers, policy makers, women farmers and other stakeholders from different regions of the world.
Goal and Objective of the Conference
The goal of the Global Conference on Women in Agriculture is to empower women for inclusive growth in agriculture.
In addition, there will be Working Group discussions to have a Framework for Action on Engendering Agricultural Research, Education and Extension.
At the conference CCAFS will be represented by Pramod Aggrawal, Regional Program Leader of the benchmark site South Asia and Patti Kristjanson, Leader of CCAFS Theme 4.1 Linking Knowledge with Action.
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)