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Rural Women Knowledge Base
FACTS ON RURAL WOMEN 

  • Rural women, mainly farmers, are at least 1.6 billion and represent more than a quarter of the total world population.
  • Women produce on average more than half of all the food that is grown: up to 8O per cent in Africa, 6O per cent in Asia, between 3O and 4O per cent in Latin America and Western countries.
  • Women own only 2 per cent of the land, and receive only one per cent of all agricultural credit.
  • Only 5 per cent of all agricultural extension resources are directed to women. Women represent two third of all illiterate people.
  • The number of rural women living in poverty has doubled since 197O.