Women and Food
Empower women to be leaders in agriculture and in their households, communities, and governments as an essential strategy for building regenerative food systems.
Conventional male-dominated industrial agriculture and corporate food systems are a major contributor to global carbon emissions and environmental degradation, while leaving many hungry. Though women and gender-diverse people are disproportionately impacted by climate and food crises, when given authority within food systems, they often redefine and regenerate them. Thus a key climate-action pathway is revealed where two major solutions overlap: the transformation of global food systems and the empowerment of girls, women, and gender-diverse people. Gender equity at local and leadership levels increases resilience in nations and communities, in disaster readiness, food and water security, and health. Climate-smart agriculture must redress structural and economic inequities by shifting the oversize burden women carry, removing barriers for women and gender-diverse farmers, securing their land rights, and strengthening their capacity to contribute and lead. If women had the same access to resources as men worldwide, they could grow 20 to 30 percent more food on the same amount of land, lifting 150 million people out of poverty and avoiding 2 billion tons of emissions between now and 2050.