Despite the fact that women make up over 75% of agricultural workers and livestock keepers in developing countries and are responsible for their families’ food security, they face significant difficulties in accessing natural resources, securing property ownership, knowledge, services and markets, which hinder their productive capacity.
There is a strong correlation between women's economic opportunity and access to affordable, safe food. Women make up over half of agricultural workers and livestock keepers in developing countries, and bear the primary responsibility for their families food security. Yet they face significant gaps in accessing natural resources, knowledge, services and markets, which hinder their productive capacity.
The situation is different in developed and in developing countries.
Women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labour force, on average, in developing countries; this figure ranges from around 20 percent in Latin America to 50 percent in parts of Africa and Asia, but it exceeds 60 percent in only a few countries (FAO, 2010a).
During the seminar it will be possible discuss where the agricultural women has the better position in the agriculture into the rural production chain and how the cooperatives could support the work of women in agriculture.
The issues affecting women in agriculture are complex, and the solutions require coordinated efforts from all actors.
12.30 - 13.30
Mrs Cinzia Pagni, Vice President, Italian Confederation of Agriculture, Rome
Mrs Estrella Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development; Quezon City, Philippines
Mrs Saquina Mucavele, Executive Director, MuGeDe (Woman, Gender and Development, Maputo
Mrs Emma Siliprandi, Investigator of NEPA –UNICAMP (Centre of Alimentary Studies and Reserchers of the Campinas University), Campinas, Brasil
13.30 - 13.40 Cases: the experience of women in agriculture
Mrs. Zeinab Almoumani, President, Organisation Specific Union for farmer women in Jordan, Ajloun, Jordan
Mrs. Alice Kachere, Chairperson, NASFAM, Lilongwe
Titti Jöngren, Member of the board, Federation of Swedish Farmer, Stockholm
Moderator: Mrs. Elisabeth Atangana, Special Ambassador for cooperatives, FAO, Yaunde
13.40 - 13.55 Discussion
13.55 - 14.00 Conclusions
Marcela Villarreal, Acting Director, Office for Communication, Partnerships and Advocacy, FAO, Rome
Thomas L. Price, Senior Officer, Agricultural Innovation and Society, GFAR, Rome
Marco Marzano de Marinis, Executive Director, World Farmers’ Organisation, Rome