Women help solve hunger

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Sandra Bunch, Rekha Mehra

Women help answer the hunger problem in every way possible. They grow food, sell food, buy food, prepare food, and increasingly they are involved in agricultural businesses that help build the economies of many developing countries. Best understood is the role women play in shoring up their families’ food supply and ensuring that their families, especially children, receive proper nutrition. Less understood and recognized, however, is the crucial role women can play in increasing overall agricultural productivity and growing agricultural businesses. This position paper aims to fill that gap in understanding by exploring women’s role in commercial agriculture.