Bringing home the degree to which the human race relies on women are agricultural statistics. Women raise much of the world’s food, which means that their earnings, yield and output directly influence the health of everyone.
“With almost 50 per cent of the world's economically active women reporting agriculture as their primary source of income, the issue is affecting the health and economies of entire nations,” The Independent reported on International Women’s Day. “According to Farming First, a coalition of 180 farming organizations, if women were given access to the same resources as men, they would achieve the same yield levels, boosting total output in developing countries by between 2.5 and 4 per cent. This additional yield could reduce the number of undernourished people in the world by 150 million.”
The video below from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showcases a program that has brought prosperity to an impoverished indigenous region in the Peruvian Andes.
For an in-depth look at women and agriculture, read International Women's Day 2016: Female Farmers From Peru to Yorkshire Are Ploughing New Furrows in The Independent.