Why feminism’s next wave has everything to do with farming
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Why feminism’s next wave has everything to do with farming11 April 2018
What: Amplifying the Voices of Rural Women – an event organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development at the Perugia International Journalism Festival.
When: 14 April 2018 – 12-13:15
Where: Centro Servizi G. Alessi, Perugia – Perugia Journalism Festival
Who: Raffaella Menichini from La Repubblica, Megan Williams from Canada's CBC, Thin Lei Win from Thomson Reuters, Caroline Namara from Radio Bushyeni in Uganda and IFAD's Ilaria Firmian.
The Story: Women around the world are standing up and making their voices heard on injustice and gender inequalities. But what about the voices of women living in remote rural areas of developing countries?
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is asking just that question to a panel of leading journalists and experts at the Perugia International Journalism Festival in its event Amplifying the Voices of Rural Women.
Women in rural areas in developing countries control less land than men, and also have limited access to inputs, seeds, credits, and extension services. Less than 20 per cent of landholders are women and many are vulnerable to violence and domestic abuse.
These differences have an impact. In communities that rely largely on agriculture for their food and income, gender inequality translates into a large gender gap in agricultural productivity, for which countries pay a high price.
Examples: In Uganda, for example, the cost of the gender gap in the country’s agriculture sector is estimated at US$67 million per year.
In Mozambique and Tanzania, IFAD supports a project that provides financial education and technological tools training for farmer groups – more than 50 per cent run by women – to help them move from cash to electronic payment management. In doing so, these farmers not only gain entry into the formal financial sector, but become better informed about market prices to increase profits and build their savings.
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IFAD has invested in rural people for 40 years, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$19.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 474 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.