October 15 is Rural Women’s Day internationally.
Rural women, mainly farmers, are at least 1.6 billion and represent more than a quarter of the total world population.
Women produce on average more than half of all the food that is grown: up to 😯 per cent in Africa, 6O per cent in Asia, between 3O and 4O per cent in Latin America and Western countries.
Women own only 2 per cent of the land, and receive only one per cent of all agricultural credit.
Only 5 per cent of all agricultural extension resources are directed to women.
Women represent two third of all illiterate people.
The number of rural women living in poverty has doubled since 197O.
Rural women in Australia, especially those affected by the worst drought in 100 years, are doing it tough.
In the cities, we’re being warned about the shortage of agricultural product and a hike in prices for fresh fruit and veggies (apart from bananas!).
We’re also being warned about another spike in the suicide rate of farmers.
This week, and especially on October 15, spare a thought and prayer for the farming women.