Give Women farmers a level field

Give Women farmers a level field

Brenda Schoepp for Alberta Farmer Express – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Alberta, CANADA, AMERICA: There has been a global failure to improve infrastructure and address policy to enable women to access the same level of education, technology, credit, and land ownership. In many countries I have seen how this has left farming women unprepared for the current […]

[Japan] Women’s group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

[Japan] Women’s group aims for sustainable rural lifestyle

Keisuke Iwata – Japan Times – Friday, 28 March 2014 (originally published 24 Mar) It was the taste of fresh tomatoes, corn and figs delivered from her father that persuaded Nahoko Niwa to wind up her eventful urban life and become a farmer. The freshness and taste of local produce is also what led the […]

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Miranda Morgan – WNN Earth Watch – Bangladesh (WNN/WF) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA: I had just arrived at our training venue in Dhaka and watched as the manager stood at the top of the stairs, violently screaming orders at the woman rushing around to help me.  When I expressed my distaste for his behavior, especially […]

Rural Women in Peru Key to Adaptation of Seeds to Climate Change

Rural Women in Peru Key to Adaptation of Seeds to Climate Change

Mariela Jara – IPS -Tuesday, 05 June 2012 (originally published 29 May) LIMA, May 29, 2012 (IPS) – For ages, rural women in the Peruvian highlands have been selecting and storing seeds, ensuring their preservation. But the authorities have failed to tap into this storehouse of knowledge and experience, despite the contributions it could make […]

Women farmers worldwide need restrictions raised to ‘level the food field’

Women farmers worldwide need restrictions raised to ‘level the food field’

WNN Breaking (WNN) NEW DELHI, India: They are driven by the fact that women represent on average 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries but must contend daily with policies and practices that severely restrain their food production potential. “The global sidelining of women farmers puts our food security at great risk,” […]