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Helping to End Global Hunger

A promising and feasible way of addressing global hunger is described in an article by Amanda Richardson, Fellow at the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights.

Here’s an excerpt:

“…even though in general the land women own is usually smaller and of poorer quality than land men own, [according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations] the direct link between women’s land rights and family nutrition status has been confirmed repeatedly. Some salient examples:

  • A study in Nicaragua and Honduras found that families spend more on food when the woman of the house owns land.
  • A study in Ghana showed that when women own a larger share of the household’s farmland, families allocate a larger proportion of their household budget to food.
  • In Nepal, research demonstrated that the likelihood that a child is severely underweight is reduced by half if the child’s mother owns land.

As researchers, governments, and international development organizations continue to come together at conferences like the Global Conference of Women in Agriculture (GCWA) [held in March in New Delhi] to discuss the vital role women play in the future of world food and nutrition security, they must consider one of the most promising ways to empower those women: secure access to and control over land. Addressing women’s empowerment will lead to better nutrition outcomes, not just for women themselves but for the family, and eventually the world, at large.”

Read the article that offers a simple yet achievable way to empower women and improve household access to nutrition.

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