UN and US champion 2026 as year of woman farmer

May 03, 2024

By Farms.com

In an empowering move for global agriculture, 2026 has been declared the International Year of the Woman Farmer by the United Nations, following concerted efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and broad international support. This declaration took place at a ceremony with U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small present, underlining the initiative's significance.

The designation aims to draw attention to the indispensable role women play in agriculture and food production across the world. Despite producing a significant portion of the world’s food, women farmers often encounter several barriers that hinder their efficiency and productivity, such as unequal access to land, credit, and markets.

The year 2026 will serve as a platform to elevate these issues and drive international efforts to improve conditions for women in agriculture, aligning with various United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Such focus is crucial for enhancing gender equity, ensuring food security, and reducing poverty.

The U.S. has been a key player in promoting this initiative, demonstrating a commitment to addressing the challenges women face in agriculture and supporting their advancement.

observance of the International Year of the Woman Farmer is expected to catalyze significant change, helping to remove barriers and create a more equitable farming environment for women globally. This initiative promises to enhance not only the livelihoods of women but also the overall productivity and sustainability of agriculture worldwide.

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