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Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger

GENDER EQUALITY & FOOD SECURITY: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AS A TOOL AGAINST HUNGER Persistent gender inequalities that prevail in the Asia-Pacific region constrain women's potential for contributing more effectively to agriculture, rural development, food and nutrition security, which undermine the region's goal of long-term food security. 60% OF THE UNDERNOURISHED GLOBALLY GENDER EQUALITY CAN MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION TO A COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT DETERMINANT OF FOOD SECURITY ARE WOMEN OR GIRLS -UN estimates | AGRICULTURAL GENDER GAPS gender inequities in access to rural resources, services, labor market opportunities undervaluation of women's roles and contributions gender neutral policies lack of gender specific data IMPROVING WOMEN FOOD PRODUCERS' PRODUCTIVITY A Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) study estimates that closing the gender gap in access to productive resources such as land, credit, machinery, or chemicals could... eliminate yield gaps of increase domestic agricultural output by 20% - 30% 2.5% - 4% 100 million fewer people living in hunger among men & women | ADDRESSING THE PROBLEMS A new report, Gender Equality and Food Security - Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger, prepared jointly by the Asian Development Bank and the FAO, recommends the following to policymakers. Tackle laws and regulations which discriminate agāinst women, PARTICULARLY IN LAND OWNERSHIP Initiate programs to BOOST GENDER EQUALITY in agriculture and the labor market UPDATE EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT POLICIES to make them more gender sensitive DEVELOP FOOD SECURITY STRATEGIES to improve women's access to childcare, farmer support mechanisms, and credit & agricultural services FINE-TUNE SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMS such as active labor market programs with targets for women's employment SOURCE ADB Asian Development Bank Asian Development Bank (2013). Gender Equality and Food Security - Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger FIGHTING POVERTY IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC wwW.ADB.ORG

Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool against Hunger

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Persistent gender inequalities that prevail in the Asia-Pacific region constrain women’s potential for contributing more effectively to agriculture, rural development, food and nutrition security, w...

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