Women are the "backbone" of agriculture

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Women farmers near Santander, Colombia. Photo: Charlotte Kesl/World Bank

Women are the "backbone" of agriculture across the world, according to the Director-General of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Speaking at a High-Level event in Rome, José Graziano da Silva noted that achieving gender equality and empowering women was a critical element in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

About 45 per cent of global agricultural workforce is comprised of women, which rises to 60 per cent in Africa and Asia.

Andita Listyarini reports.

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