“It wasn’t until I saw the absence of men that I challenged my own stereotypes."
If women had access to the resources and tools they needed, the FAO says that between 100 and 150 million more people could be fed.
"If I can do something to help lift up and bring to light what these women do, it gives me a satisfaction," said Guyler-Alaniz
Gender equity, where women and men are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential, is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. When gender equity is present, we find accountability, efficiency and sustainability.
A significant share of rural households in all regions are headed by women and women are engaged in unpaid family work, meaning rural women on average work much longer hours than men.
Women farmers work hard to grow food for themselves and their families, and for sale. They plant and tend, fertilize and weed, harvest and process -- in short, do all it takes to produce a crop. But they don't get much in return.