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Food Crises and Gender Inequality

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  • Bina Agarwal
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    This paper examines the current food crises, the projected effect of climate change, the vulnerabilities created by regional concentrations of food production, imports and exports, and the significant role of women as food producers, consumers and family food managers. Bridging productivity differentials between male and female farmers, by helping women overcome production constraints, would significantly increase agricultural output. This becomes an imperative, given the feminization of agriculture. Institutionally, a group approach to farming would help women and other small holders enhance their access to land and inputs, benefit from economies of scale, and increase their bargaining power economically and socially.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 107.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:107

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    Keywords: food crises; food security; gender inequality; women farmers; agricultural productivity; gendered constraints; and group farming;

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