Girls are key to food security in poor countries, report says

Young Maasai girls in village near Narok, 170km west of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. In Kenya, most smallholder farmers are women.

From The Guardian:

“The role of women and adolescent girls is spelt out in a report…by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies (pdf). Its key point is that adolescent girls and women are the key to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development in poor countries and ensuring food security.

“If the world is to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, we must invest in the human capital of those with the potential to transform agricultural economies – adolescent girls,” said Catherine Bertini, the report’s lead author. “Already, they carry much of families’ burdens; with opportunity, they can be major change agents for rural communities and nations. As nations are rediscovering the importance of agricultural development, we want to ensure that the new definition of rural economies’ strengths includes the critical role of adolescent girls…”

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