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Empowering women globally to improve the food situation

8-8-2019

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prepared a report which concluded that women are the most important victims of climate change, yet, they stand in the front line to combat its after effects due to their important participation in agriculture. To note, that delegates of 195 member countries in IPCC have been in closed meetings in Geneva since August 2 discussing the report expected to be out today. According to Hindou Omar Ibrahim, the coordinator of the Association of Indigenous Peul Women and Peoples of Chad, men traditionally own the land, and when the time comes to distribute it, they pass it on to males and not to females. Likewise, Greenpeace researcher, Reyes Terrado, stated that in many developing countries and rural communities, women play an active role in household consumption food agriculture. Women and girls are directly affected when climate warming makes access to water harder, Terrado maintained. The above report also noted that women working in agriculture face other challenges as well. In this regard, FAO found that women have fewer opportunities compared to men in the acquisition of real estate or livestock, the use of novel technologies, access to loans or similar financial services or training. Should they get access to the same production resources like men, women are bound to increase the labor productivity by 20% to 30%, FAO said, adding, that increasing production can reduce by 17% the number of poor around the world. (An Nahar, August 8, 2019)

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