However, they face challenges such as lack of land ownershiptraining and financing to strengthen your family economy.
Additionally, according to the National Women’s Institute, women have less access to land and financing and training programs as farmers.
According to Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)only 30% of women own agricultural land, and only 5% have access to technical assistance, which limits their opportunities for adequate development.
In Mexico, 56% of rural women in the country are in poverty and they have an average of 2.4 years less education compared to women living in urban centers.
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The fundamental role of women in food security
During webinar: “Women who nurture the future of agriculture in Latin America”players from the sector emphasized the importance of raising awareness throughout society about the value it represents women’s participation in food securityas well as making visible the importance of having sufficient resources and support to carry out their work in the field.
“One of the challenges that women face are the paradigms that exist around women, about the work they are believed to be able to do and the limitations imposed by society,” Indian Natalia VillalobosHead of Marketing Yara Central America.
In Latin America, there is a perception that rural activities are made for men, as are the benefits of supporting and owning land. For this reason, women believe that their work is invisible to society. This speaks of the need for increase the recognition of your workTherefore, one of the biggest challenges they face is valuation.
The need for gender equality in the field
Rural women take on the role of passing on their knowledge and training new generations based on good practices that enable proper care of the soil and ensure food safetyFor this reason, it is crucial to provide them with the tools and technical know-how needed to achieve global food security.
“Gender equality must be understood as a necessity, implementing and promoting a culture of respect and values from home, accompanied by an articulated process of work between the public and private sectors that enables the creation of programs that include women”, Indian Lady Boadagrower of 6 hectares of cocoa and bananas in Ecuador.
According to the National Institute for Women, Female farmers produce between 60 and 80% of food in developing countries and half of those worldwide, in order to continue this participation, it is necessary for members of the sector to promote training that promotes their empowerment in the industry and contributes to the creation of a positive future of food for nature.
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