Closing The Gender Gap In Global Land Rights

Typically when I write about the gender gap it is in relation to pay, access to affordable health care and similar domestic policy concerns. Of course, the problem of a gender gap is far more widespread and includes the “gender gap” women in the developing world face with access to resources such as land, technology, and extension services. This is especially troubling considering the indispensable role women play  in the rural economy and food production.

The benefits women’s parity in land ownership and control are clear, but our politicians are not quite as quick to grasp them. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the gains that could be made if women had equal access to non-land resources. But in light of evidence that secure rights to land for women can increase agricultural productivity and confer other household benefits it is critical to consider what additional gains could be made if women had equal access to one of the most important assets to agricultural households — land.

Landesa, an organization dedicated to finding that equality, works with governments across the globe to secure land rights for the world’s rural poor is proving that owning a plot of land, sometimes as small as a tenth of an acre, can be enough to lift a woman and her family out of extreme poverty. Their latest infographic drives home the benefit closing this gender gap brings.

The fight for food security is directly tied to the progress of women’s rights across the globe, which means this is a fight we can and should win.

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Photo from hdptcar via flickr.


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Rene H.
Irene H5 years ago

Women farmed the land in Africa more sustainably than monoculture agribusiness. In addition to grains, they grew a variety of greens containing beta carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body and prevented blindness, which is now prevalent today. Our solution, - Monsanto engineered yellow rice to combat vitamin A deficiencies, but all they need is to grow their greens again.

Unfortunately, the so-called green revolution acquired the farm lands of women for agribusiness, without any compensation. This led to many families looking for work in the cities, leading to poverty. This has been going on for decades under the auspices of AID and often financed by us in the developed world.

In my view, agribusiness should be kicked off the land they never honestly acquired and it should be returned to its rightful owners. That would go part way to giving back access to land that African women once widely enjoyed.

Alejandra Contreras

thanks for the article

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

Whether at home, in the office or at school: women administrators are the best choice always. Less corrupt, more economical, fairer and more punctual. In politics they do a better job too.
So working the land it's bound to be the best choice aswell.:>)

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

Cheers for Landesa!

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Jessica for the article, the info and the link to Landesa and their info-graphic.

Christeen Anderson
Christeen A5 years ago

Yea. Please keep working towards this.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

I have flagged the comment "they wouldn't know what to do with land in the first place", as ignorant and RACIST and SEXIST and having no place in a rational discussion forum on Care2!
I think other will agree with me..... It is a form of HATE SPEECH.