Activities and instruments
Promoting women in rural development, agriculture and food security
According to estimates of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 150 million people around the world could be saved from hunger if female farmers in developing countries had the same means and opportunities for their agricultural engagement as male farmers. In nations where women are heavily discriminated against and female illiteracy is high, more people suffer from hunger than in comparable countries with greater equal rights. By promoting women, the number of undernourished children in Southern Asia could be reduced by 13.4 million and in sub-Saharan Africa by 1.7 million.
For this reason German development cooperation is working hard to achieve equal rights for women in rural development.
- Website of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on gender - external link, new window - Visit website
- The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11: Women in Agriculture – Closing the gender gap for development – an FAO publication (PDF 3,3 MB) - external link, new window - Visit website