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Greens win more govt support for overseas women farmers

With this weekend marking International Rural Women's Day and World Food Day, the Greens have won government support for a motion calling for increased assistance for women smallholder farmers to aid food security and for this issue to be raised at upcoming CHOGM and G20 meetings (full motion below).

"It is critical we support women who are the backbone of small food-producing farms around the globe if we are to continue to feed the world," Senator Rhiannon said.

"International food security is a key issue for CHOGM in Perth this month and the G20 meeting in Cannes in November.

"The Greens motion notes that despite doing the majority of the farming in sub-Saharan Africa women farmers receive only 5% of the training, own just 2% of the land and access only 1% of the credit available for agriculture.

"Unlocking women's potential to increase agricultural yields, through education, capital and other support, is critical to improve lives and feed communities," Senator Rhiannon said.

International Day of Rural Women - Sat 15 October

World Food Day - Sun 16 October

Motion to the Senate - Senator Lee Rhiannon

  1. Notes:
  1. This weekend marks both International Rural Women's Day and World Food Day.
  2. The coming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this month and the G20 meeting in early November both have food security on their agenda.
  3. Currently over 50% of the world's food is produced by smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women.
  4. Despite doing the majority of the farming in sub-Saharan Africa women farmers receive only 5% of the training, own just 2% of the land and access only 1% of the credit available for agriculture.
  5. Policies to improve agricultural output must be tailored to assist women if they are to be effective.
  6. The contribution of women farmers must recognised and properly supported if we are to achieve food security across the globe.
  1. Calls on the Government to:
  1. Ensure that support for women smallholder farmers is part of Australia's contribution to addressing international food security challenges.
  2. Raise the importance of the role of women small holders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth this month and the G20 meeting in Cannes in early November.
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