Rural women produce half of the world’s food, but are some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

Did you know?

Rural women make up 25% of the global population

The number of rural women living in poverty has doubled since the 1970s

Women produce 50% of the world’s food, but only own 1% of the land

Only 39% of girls in rural areas attend high school

Women with a secondary education tend to have fewer children, marry later in life, and are less likely to experience violence

Rural women in Sub-Saharan Africa spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water

Giving women access to agricultural resources, training and services, could increase the productivity of their farms, and feed up to 150 million hungry people around The WorldFish Center

International Day of Rural Women – 15 October

Join the discussion - #RuralWomen

Learn more about rural women: worldfishcenter.org/international-day-rural-women

Photo credits (in order of appearance):

1. Rural farmer in He Qing Yunnan, China. Photo by Hong Meen Chee, 2009/WorldFish/Flickr
2. Women in farming and fisheries, Bangladesh. Photo by CBFM-Fem Com Bangladesh, 2006/WorldFish/Flickr
3. Healthy rice field, Bireuen, Indonesia. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
4. Gathering firewood. Photo by Margaret W. Nea./Bread of the World/Flickr
5. Felix Clay/Duckrabbit/WorldFish
6. Equity for female farmers/Gates Foundation/Flickr
7. Holly Holmes/WorldFish
8. Tending their crops. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread of the World/Flickr
9. Weeding maize, Mongu, Western Zambia. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
10. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit/WorldFish
11. Girls seated in a classroom at Nakaywe Basic School, Mongu, Western Zambia. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
12. Girl in a classroom at Nakaywe School, Mongu, Western Zambia. Photo taken by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
13. International Women's Day 2011. Photo by Harar, Ethipoa, 2005/Gates Foundation/Flickr
14. A woman in Lusaka, Zambia, carries water from the well to her house. Photo by Margaret W. Nea./Bread of the World/Flickr
15. A vegetable garden on the bank of a fish and rice pond being tended to by Benalata Das, Khulna, Bangladesh. Photo by Mike Lusmore/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
16. Fetching water during dry season, Mongu, Western Zambia. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
17. A woman drawing water from stream, Senanga, Western Zambia. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
18. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
19. Community engagement training in Bangladesh. Photo by Md Mahabubur Rahman, 2013/WorldFish/Flickr
20. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, 2012/WorldFish/Flickr
21. A woman preparing a nutritious lunch in Rangpur, Bangladesh. Photo by Holly Holmes, 2013/WorldFish/Flickr

Loading more stuff…

Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?

Loading videos…