International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017
We stand with women in the food system, today and every day. Women are primary or co-operators on 75% of FairShare farms (45% higher than the national average).
According to Oxfam International, “Much of the food on our tables has been produced or processed by women.”
“Women produce 60 to 80 percent of all food, both as subsistence farmers and as agricultural wage laborers. They are the primary providers for the majority of the world’s 925 million hungry people, obtaining food, collecting firewood and water, and cooking. And yet they have less access to land and the resources necessary to grow on it than their male counterparts,” according to a 2013 report on women in the food system by Tory Field and Beverly Bell.
One way you can support women farmers and equity in the food system is by knowing your farmers and where your food comes from.
Photo: Heidi Accola operates Roots & Shoots farm in North Freedom, Wisc.