Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Photo of the Day: Put Women at the Center of Agriculture

September 11, 2012

A woman returns from collecting leaves near the village of Dikha. In developing countries, women do up to 80 percent of the work on farms, like the planting, harvesting, and processing. They are responsible for both producing the food and preparing it for their families. Yet women farmers receive only 5 percent of extension services and are underrepresented in training programs. There are also few women in agricultural research and policy-making positions. We’re providing research fellowships to 360 African women scientists to ensure that the next generation of agricultural researchers includes women. (Doti District, Nepal, 2009)

Putting women at the center of agriculture

 
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