The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, has stated that women are the key to eliminating world hunger. According to the FAO director general, ensuring economic opportunities to women in farming is essential to freeing the world from hunger and malnutrition because women are the backbone of agricultural work.
At a high-level event organized by the FAO, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, told the event participants that: “It is often said that if you educate a woman, you educate a whole generation. The same happens when we empower women in any field, not only with access to knowledge, but also to resources, equal opportunities and giving them a voice.” The EU Commissioner further stated, “We know that children have much better prospects for the future when their mothers are healthy and have financial resources and training, especially during the first thousand days of the child’s life…If we really want to end poverty and hunger once and for all, we need to extend all our support to women in rural areas as a way of investing in families, in our communities, in our societies, and in the future of our planet.”
We at Women Here and Now couldn’t agree more!
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