The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011

Women in Agriculture - Closing the Gender Gap for Development

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This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture makes the “business case” for addressing gender issues in agriculture and rural employment. The agriculture sector is underperforming in many developing countries, in part because women do not have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. The gender gap imposes real costs on society in terms of lost agricultural output, food security and economic growth. Promoting gender equality is not only good for women; it is also good for agricultural development.



World food and agriculture in review

From 2007 to 2009, a food price crisis followed by the financial crisis and global economic recession pushed the number of hungry and undernourished people in the world to unprecedented levels, reaching a peak in 2009 of more than 1 billion. In the first half of 2010, world agricultural commodity markets appeared to enter calmer times. Prices of food and agricultural commodities remained high, but had nevertheless declined from the peaks of 2008, and the world economy was emerging from recession.


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