A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Oxfam response to the FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture report, which focuses on the need to address the gender gap
Oxfam’s senior gender advisor Ines Smyth said:
“The FAO’s report on women and agriculture provides valuable hard data and analysis on the critical role women play in agriculture, in the face of inequality and discrimination.”
“Women make up the majority of farmers in many places around the world but are rarely given equal means or access to land so that they can maximize the amount they grow.
“As the world faces growing concerns about food availability and price volatility, it is crucial that women are no longer the silent partners in feeding the world, but welcomed and supported so that they become part of the solution.”
Read the FAO press release: Closing the gender gap in agriculture
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