Despite their vital role in the development and transformation of rural economies, women continue to have unequal access to opportunities that help them build resilient livelihoods and realize their economic potential.
The role of women in agriculture is vital and growing in many countries around the world. Women account for the largest share of farm workers. However, they are significantly less likely to be the owners of the land that they work on or have access to productive assets and services, such as agricultural inputs or extension and training services. It is estimated that if women had equal access to productive assets, yields could increase between 20% and 30% per household. In addition, women’s labor is often non-wage-based, performed at home, and within small-scale agricultural systems.