10 Facts About Women And Hunger


Women have a crucial role to play in defeating hunger. As mothers, farmers, teachers and entrepreneurs, they hold the key to building a future free of malnutrition. Here are ten facts on why empowering women is such an important part of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.


1) Protracted crises undermine food security and nutrition. Women are more likely than men to be affected, and their access to aid can be undermined by gender-based discrimination.

2) Yields for women farmers are 20-30 percent lower than for men. This is because women have less access to improved seeds, fertilisers and equipment.

3) Giving women farmers more resources could bring the number of hungry people in the world down by 100-150 million people.

4) Surveys in a wide range of countries have shown that 85-90 percent of the time spent on household food preparation is women’s time.

5) In some countries, tradition dictates that women eat last, after all the male members and children have been fed.

Read on the article on the World Food Program website

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