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The United Nation today published its annual report on global food security and nutrition, estimating that 821 million people were undernourished in 2017.
Elizabeth, a farmer from South Sudan. Photo: Tim Bierley/Oxfam
About 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by small-scale farming.
Women make up on average 43 percent of this agricultural labour in developing countries. They are the majority in some countries. In South Asia, more than two-thirds of employed women work in agriculture. In eastern Africa, over half of farmers are women.
A group of women at the entrance to the displaced people's settlement of Muna Garage on the outskirts of Maiduguri in Nigeria. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam
Women bear the brunt of the battle against hunger, but they’re also a powerful force capable of feeding their communities.