Food security goes far beyond having enough food. Food security refers to "the situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life" (FAO, 2006). That is, being able to access food of high nutritional quality regularly, … [Read more...] about Improving Food Security through Women’s Empowerment
When we talk about women’s empowerment, it is difficult to grasp what we actually mean. Does it refer to women’s attitude towards gender violence? Or does it mean women’s economic independence and decision-making power? Does it perhaps imply access to productive resources, education and other opportunities? Or might it mean control over time? Or does it concern all these … [Read more...] about Yes, we can!… Measure Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture!
Irrigation plays a vital role in the productivity of the agricultural sector and food security stability. Access to irrigation increases agricultural production and productivity, allowing farmers to expand the number of planting and harvesting cycles on the same plot, within the same agricultural year. This increase in agricultural production translates into greater food … [Read more...] about Community irrigation with a watershed approach: a technological leap forward for sustainable agriculture in Bolivia
“If women in rural areas had the same access to productive activities as men, agricultural and farming production would increase and we could feed approximately 150 million more people.” (FAO, 2011). This demonstrates that the role of women is key in agricultural production and in food security. Women are the primary farmers and producers in a large part of the world; … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Women in Food Security?