This Sunday the United Nations marks the 104th International Women’s Day, celebrated each year on March 8. This year’s theme, Inspiring Change, spotlights the successes of women in achieving equal rights while calling attention to existing injustices.
Women still face significant inequality on our world’s farms, especially in developing countries. Women are just as good at farming as men, but because they have less access to resources, they get much lower crop yields.
Female farmers are 8 percent of the world’s population, while men 11 percent. Women make up 20 percent of the agricultural labor force in Latin America and nearly 50 percent in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The yield gap between men and women averages 20 to 30 percent, for several reasons.
In developing countries only 10 to 20 percent of landholders are women.
Women have less access to education, especially in rural areas. The education gap is largest in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The solution – close the gender gap
Closing the gender gap could increase yields in developing countries by up to 4 percent. This could reduce the number of undernourished people by 130 million, or 15 percent. Organizations across the world try to emphasize the importance of women in agriculture and if we want to reduce hunger and poverty, the gender gap needs to be closed.
Agrivi supports women farmers
More than 3000 farmers worldwide use Agrivi software and only 16% of them are female farmers. The aim is to encourage women in farming in a way to use technology for increasing their farming productivity.
To encourage women farmers to use technology for increasing their farming productivity, we are offering 25% discount for all women farmers who purchase Agrivi subscription till monday, 9.3.2015! Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you discount code.