Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap


Access to new technology is crucial in maintaining and improving agricultural productivity. But gender gaps exist for a wide range of agricultural technologies, including machines and tools, improved plant varieties and animal breeds, fertilizers, pest control measures and management techniques. Along with other constraints, these gaps lead to gender inequalities in access to new technologies, adoption, and the use of purchased inputs across regions.

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SOFA 2010-2011


FAO Gender Programme
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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