Launch of the FAO report The Status of Women in Agrifood Systems

Launch of the FAO report The Status of Women in Agrifood Systems

Recently the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a report titled “The Status of Women in Agricultural Food Systems”.

Key Findings of the Report

  • Globally, 36 percent of working women and 38 percent of working men are employed in agricultural food systems.
  • In many countries, agricultural food systems are a more important source of livelihood for women than for men.
  • Women have marginalized roles in the food system. Also, their working conditions are not better than that of men. Women’s work situations are irregular, informal, part-time, low-skilled or labor-intensive.
  • Women’s ownership of land is also less secure. Additionally, they also have less access to credit and training. They have to work with technology designed for men.
  • Equity with women in agricultural food systems could boost the global economy by $1 trillion. Additionally, can reduce food insecurity by up to 45 million (in terms of population).

Key Recommendations

  • Gaps related to access to assets, technology and resources need to be bridged.
  • The problem of a persistent lack of high-quality data collection based on gender, age, and other forms of social and economic discrimination must be addressed.
  • Women’s access to agricultural extension services needs to be improved to maximize food security and nutritional outcomes.
  • Providing facilities like child care will have a positive impact on employment of mothers in agri-food-system activities and they will be able to return to work.
  • FAO defines agro-food systems (grifood) as the full range of actors and their interrelated value-adding activities.
  • These agents are involved in the primary production of edible or inedible agricultural products. Also, they engage in activities such as storage, gathering, post-harvest management, transportation, processing, distribution, marketing, disposal and consumption of all food products, including non-agricultural products.

Source – FAO

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