Despite their crucial role in agriculture being well recognised, women still face constraints that reduce their productivity and limit their contributions to agricultural production, economic growth and the well-being of their families and communities. If women were given the same access to resources as men, they could increase the yields on their farms by 30% – 40%. This could reduce the overall number of hungry people in the world by 12% – 17% (State of Food and Agriculture 2011).
Closing this gender gap would also improve children’s nutrition and give women more influence over economic decisions such as how much income is spent on nutritious food.
Following on from the CFS policy recommendations on Gender, Food Security and Nutrition in 2011, a forum will be held at CFS 43 in 2017 to identify policy gaps and best practices which can be used as a basis for gender-sensitive policies.