Women farmers produce 60-80% of the developing world’s food supply, yet face systematic gender inequity in the agriculture industry. Women are denied equal access to land rights, credit and capital, tools, and training, resulting in 20-30% smaller yields. That’s right — the same garden or field could produce 20-30% more food if women’s rights issues were addressed in farming communities. Poverty is a direct result of gender discrimination.
Taking it even further, forests are often cleared when farm land is needed. The emissions caused by deforestation are devastating. If existing farms produced enough food, not only would we see positive outcomes in world hunger, health, and income, but we would prevent unnecessary deforestation. Research estimates that addressing gender inequity in the agriculture industry could eliminate two billion tons of emissions by 2050. Climate Change is a direct result of gender discrimination.
By investing in start-up farm businesses and providing training and resources for women smallholders, Mission Homegrown; Uganda is not only encouraging self-sufficiency in poverty stricken communities, but addressing harmful, generation norms that have hindered success for women entrepreneurs and have greatly harmed our planet in the process.