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The numbers do not add up: Women and hunger

925 million around the world are hungry- that is one in seven. One in four people are undernourished, not receiving the amount of nutrients they need for energy, to work, learn or develop. Every 12 seconds, a child dies from lack of food. These statistics are heartbreaking, but in no way are they the final word. Join us this week on the Women of Vision blog for a special “Women and Hunger” week as we learn more about hunger, how it affects women and what is being done to make positive change.

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70%: The number of agricultural workers who are women in Africa

6.5%: The percentage of the land these women have control of.

100 to 150 million: The estimate of people who could be fed if the gender equality gap in agriculture was closed.

In Malawi, and in common with many developing countries, 7 out of 10 agricultural workers are women.  However, only 6.5% of land is controlled by women, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and women have very limited access to seeds- a valuable resource when growing food.

Beyond this, while women do their best to grow food with these limited resources, of the food that is grown they often receive the least, last.

Research has continually shown that by closing this gender inequality gap, change could happen.  There would be more food, less malnutrition and stunting in children and overall- an estimated 100-150 million estimated people would no longer live in hunger.

Read about Florence and Sofina, two women in Malawi working hard to feed their families through agriculture and the struggles they face as they fight for land, resources and policies and legislation that will support and empower their role in feeding the hungry.

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