- Evidence demonstrates that, in economies where gender equality is greater in terms of both opportunities and benefits, there is not only higher economic growth but also a better quality of life. Tweet
- Addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenge of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty. Tweet
- Agricultural growth is enhanced if both women and men are enabled to participate fully as economic actors. Tweet
- Development programmes are more relevant and sustainable if both women and men are able to participate in rural institutions and express their own needs and priorities in decision-making forums. Tweet
- Despite increasing evidence that women's improved capabilities and welfare are strongly linked to poverty reduction improvements - such as lower infant mortality and child malnutrition -- gender inequalities continue to be inordinately large in the developing world. Tweet
- At present, with few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men, and urban women and men, against every Millennium Development Goal indicator for which data are available. Tweet
- If women had equal access to productive inputs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that yields from women's farms would increase by 20-30 per cent and total agricultural output by 2.5-4.0 per cent in developing countries. In effect, this would reduce the number of hungry people globally by 12-17 per cent, or 100 million to 150 million people. Tweet
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