Today we commemorate International Women’s Day and this is not about celebration, it’s about raising awareness and promoting gender equality at all levels. When we think about agriculture it’s common to think of it as a profession for men, but that’s not true and the numbers can’t lie.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 70% of work in Latin-America’s agriculture is done by women and according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 76% of all women in Kenya are employed in agriculture. The number is quite big and the reason why we don’t usually notice the impact of women in agriculture is that they are not empowered and don’t have access to decision making roles and processes.
Here are some of the reasons why gender-balanced agriculture benefits everyone and how new and accessible energies can help too: