Twitter Chat About Women and Agriculture
Posted on April 22, 2014, by Half the Sky Movement
We'll be hosting a Twitter chat Thursday at 1pm ET/10am PT with Heifer International (@Heifer), Kiva (@Kiva) and ONE Campaign (@ONECampaign) to discuss women and agriculture. Learn how empowering women through agriculture is one of the most effective tools for fighting poverty, improving nutrition, and strengthening families and communities, as well as the challenges and successes these organizations have faced.
You can start asking questions now by using the hashtag #womenagchat.
Here's more background about the organizations and the issues:
Nicholas Kristof's column about how a goat provided by Heifer International enabled a girl in Uganda to attend school and college in the United States.
Women own less than 1 percent of the world's land, grow 60 percent to 80 percent of the food in developing countries. Heifer CEO Pierre Ferrari discusses the challenges female farmers face as well as why putting power into the hands of women farmers is essential to feed the global population.
More than two-thirds of Africans depend on agriculture for income. ONE Campaign's report with the World Bank examines how to improve opportunities for women farmers in Africa, looking at the causes of differences between how much men and women farmers produce in six countries –– Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
Close to two-thirds of Kiva's agricultural loans benefit female borrowers. Make a $25 loan to a women farmer today!