The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been working for more than three decades on how to improve the livelihoods of women in agriculture. Their research shows that by improving women’s access in key areas (e.g. resources, markets, technology), productivity will increase and household nutrition will improve.
Although often the primary agriculture workers, women have difficulty making a full contribution to the economy. Women in agriculture face unique barriers, such as limited access to credit, inputs, and information. Improving women’s access can dramatically increase their control over their economic activity. For example, access to information about prices, weather, and technology can increase productivity and income, thus improving the overall economic status of the household.
ICRW’s research continues to show that “Investing in women farmers promises to yield a double dividend: better food security and greater economic growth.”