The Glass Ceiling isn’t just a problem for women in the corporate sector.
In many developing nations, the significant contribution women make in agriculture is consistently undervalued, and opportunities for growth are stifled.
Across regions, despite the fact that they are just as efficient as men and account for almost half of the global agricultural workforce, females have less access to productive resources and opportunities than men and are often paid significantly less, if at all.
In our region, the Pacific, even though women hold an essential role in the agricultural sector, they are often excluded from local authority decision-making in the management of markets, and don’t have control over the land they work on, or other assets. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that equalising access to productive resources could increase agricultural output by 2.5 to 4 percent; representing a missed opportunity for both men and women.
How can we level the field for women in agriculture? How do we give women a voice in areas including land rights and wages? And how can we ensure that the challenges and opportunities presented by the growth of modern supply-chains are met and fully realized?
Joining us to discuss these critical topics we have Christie Chang, Agricultural Economist, University of New England; and Randy Stringer, Professor of Agriculture and Food Policy, University of Adelaide and; Amy Luinstra, Senior Gender Specialist at the International Finance Corporation who will be discussing the soon-to-be-launched report The Fruit of Her Labour – analysing the role of women in agriculture in Papua New Guinea.
The discussion will also be televised at the World Bank offices in Dili, Honiara, Port Moresby.
Please arrive by 12:45pm in order to be seated on time. Refreshments will be provided. The discussion will last an hour, with 30 minutes set aside for questions from the audience.
RSVP: We need to confirm numbers by 5pm Wednesday, November 19. Please email us at email@example.com, to register your attendance. As this is a catered event, please only RSVP if your attendance is assured.
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