IFAD launches campaign to close gender gap in agriculture


IFAD has launched a campaign to close the gender gap and boost role of females in agriculture. This is considered crucial to improving the wealth of rural communities, according to the United Nations International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).

The appeal came as the agency launched a global awareness campaign in favor of rural women empowerment to mark the celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8. It was built on the bases of several social media assets through which the profile of leading rural women around the world could be uploaded and made known.

Women represent at least 43 percent of the global agriculture labor force, but “they were given less access than men to financing, land rights, and inputs that would help them farm more successfully and move out of poverty,” IFAD stressed.

According to the latest “The State of Food and Agriculture” report issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in mid-February, allowing women equal access to productive resources would boost farm yields by an estimated 20 to 30 percent. This could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent, and help lifting as much as 100-150 million people out of hunger.