One day isn’t enough to do justice to the incredible work carried out by women in agriculture around the world. This International Women’s Day and beyond, IFOAM – Organics International celebrates the women leading the transformation of our food systems.

International Women’s Day
©IFOAM Organics – International. Abimbola Sakirat Majolagbe, an activist and an urban farmer seeking to spread awareness and improve the application of sustainable, organic farming in Nigeria (2022)

Women farmers produce half of the world’s food

Despite this, female nutrition indicators across all age groups are worse than those of their male counterparts. Women farmers play a key role in ensuring food security, particularly in rural societies, but lack of training, insufficient access to resources, and exclusion from decision-making processes often result in their yields being up to 30% lower than men farmers’.

Closing the gender gap could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by up to 4%

Closing the gender gap could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by up to 4%. The right resources could help rural women maximise economic opportunities, increase productivity, and improve food security, education and healthcare around the world, since women tend to reinvest in their households. Furthermore, ensuring women have the same access to productive resources as men could reduce hunger around the world by as much as 17% according to the World Bank.

Organic can be part of the solution!

Organic ensures that women, who play a key role in caring for the diet of their communities, can have access to healthier, diversified and nutritious food. Uses sustainable agricultural practices that avoid the use of chemical inputs like pesticides, which harm women farmers’ health. And promotes knowledge-intensive practices through technical information and training, which empowers women to act autonomously and independently.

Ensuring women have the same access to productive resources as men could reduce hunger around the world by as much as 17% according to the World Bank

Under the organic principle of fairness, IFOAM – Organics International work towards achieving fairness for all– farmers, workers, processors, distributors, traders and consumers. Organic agriculture should provide everyone involved with a good quality of life, contributing to food sovereignty, the reduction of poverty, and bridging the gender gap.

Every day, let’s celebrate the International Women’s Day and the women spearheading transformation and sustainable change around the world! Help #BreaktheBias by amplifying their voices and the incredible work that they do.

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