Research Suggests Involving Women In Agriculture Leads To Greater Crop Diversity


Involving women more in agricultural decision-making, community groups and the ownership of farm equipment results in more crops with a higher nutritional value being grown, the study shows. Growing a wider variety of crops brings environmental benefits, improving soil fertility and reducing the threat from pests and crop diseases. The resultant crop diversity also enables farmers to adapt more readily to market changes, and builds resilience against increasingly erratic weather patterns, researchers say. The team says these findings suggest a pathway to improving global food supply, protecting the world’s low-income farming communities, whilst supporting women’s rights. Read more

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