2014 is the International Year of Family Farming. But who is at the head of these family-farming households? Research from the FAO has found that up to 40% of households are headed by women in Eastern Africa, and across the developing world, women account for 60 to 80% of smallholder farmers.
Yet these women face economic and social constraints. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 15% of landholders are women, and they receive less than 10% of credit and 7% of extension services.
Policies that address gender inequalities could lift 150 million people out of hunger. How can women be empowered to make this estimation a reality?
Experts from USAID and global agriculture coalition Farming First debated the issues. Uniting over 130 organisations from around the world, Farming First is one of the most diverse and active agricultural coalitions in the world. Farming First supporters represent the world’s farmers, scientists and engineers as well as agribusiness associations and non-governmental organisations.
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What are #AskAg Twitter chats?
- What challenges do women in family farming face in the developing world, and what do they need to thrive?
- How can we reach more women farmers worldwide with tools and skills they need?
- What are the success stories that show the benefits of investing in rural women? How do we measure this success?
- How do we identify and empower male allies in the quest to improve women-run family farms?
- Women farmers are often both the breadwinners and the bread bakers. How do we improve the nutritional status of family farms?
The chat is organized around these five guiding questions. If you have additional questions you'd like to ask our experts, tweet @Agrilinks using the #AskAg hashtag!
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How to participate
- If you are new to Twitter, visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more tips on getting started, check out our Twitter training.)
- Explore the guiding questions that will be discussed during the chat.
- Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #AskAg and following @Agrilinks.
- You can also follow on Twubs or through the livestream below.
Sylvia Cabus @sylviacabus
USAID Bureau for Food Security
Stephanie Hanson @HansonSteph
World Farmers' Organisation