Food sustainability

From Victims to Protagonists

From Victims to Protagonists

Equal pay, rights and treatment. For women throughout the world these are the keys to a future free from hunger and poverty. However, for millions who work every day without adequate pay, are the first to lose their jobs in times of hardship and often are subject to abuse, these fundamental rights are a far away dream. In spite of the fact that women account for about half of the world’s farmers, and many areas depend on them for agricultural output, they are victims of widespread discrimination. It is crucial for companies with trade relations in countries where discriminating against women is common to commit to promoting their protection, guaranteeing their equal participation at every level along the chain of production. Investing in training, as well as access to credit, in the land and other services can guarantee returns in terms of productivity and efficiency. As demonstrated in the Oxfam report Private Investment in Agriculture, women can turn from victims to true protagonists in fighting hunger.