A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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International Women’s Day: what is the contribution of women to food security and agricultural development?

March 8, 2013


The agricultural sector is gradually opening up to women. A French Bva survey sponsored by the Crédit agricole1, and published for the French Salon International de l’Agriculture, shows that in 2010 160,000 farms were run by women, which is to say that women represent approx. a quarter of farmers compared to only 8% in 1970. Moreover, 40% of farm workers are women. The majority of women farmers (60%) raise at least one type of livestock: dairy cows (26%), beef cattle (22%), sheep and goats (12%).

On a more general level, women in developing countries represent 43% of farm labourers (annual report 2010-2011 FAO), and ‘in some countries, the proportion of women working on farms is almost 70-80%'.

In France and Africa, just like in America, women are taking a growing place in agriculture. Last February, the 28th Annual Conference of Women in Agriculture was held in the United States, and in a majority of African countries, such as Ghana, a growing number of politicians claim that they are determined to support women farmers, many of which work on small farms to feed their families.

Agriculture is the largest job providing sector. Over 40% of the active population worldwide makes a living from farming. However, farmers are also the poorest population, especially in developing countries, where they represent 55% of the 925 million people suffering from hunger.

In the past years, the dismantling of agricultural policies and the deregulation and liberalization of trade have strongly encouraged rural exodus and poverty, be it in industrialized countries or developing countries.

Regulating the agricultural market is an urgent necessity if farmers, men and women, are to be provided with a stable and viable income so that they can go on making a living from their work.
On this special day which is the International Women’s Day, let us put agriculture back at the heart of strategic challenges for the 21st century, and in order to do so, let us build a strong international cooperation!

Something momagri has been working to achieve day after day for the past several years...

1 Bva conducted this survey by phone from 8 to 14 February on a panel of 501 women constituting a representative sample of French women farmers (quota sampling).
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