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.




The State of Food and Agriculture 2010–11 was prepared by members of the Economic and Social Development Department of FAO under the overall leadership of Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General, and Kostas Stamoulis, Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA). Additional guidance was provided by Marcela Villarreal, Director, and Eve Crowley, Principal Adviser, of the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division (ESW); Pietro Gennari, Director, Statistics Division (ESS); David Hallam, Director, Trade and Markets Division (EST); and Keith Wiebe, Principal Officer, ESA.


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