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2026 Declared year of the woman farmer

UN recognizes women's role in global food security


The United Nations (UN) is recognizing the critical role women play in feeding the world by declaring 2026 the International Year of the Woman Farmer. This initiative sheds light on the immense contributions of women to global food security, while also acknowledging the obstacles they encounter.

Women are responsible for nearly half of the world's food production. Despite this, they often face social and economic barriers that hinder their success in agriculture. The International Year of the Woman Farmer aims to raise awareness of these challenges and promote solutions.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) played a leading role in advocating for this UN designation.

USDA Undersecretary Alexis Taylor emphasizes the importance of women in agriculture, stating that the agency is proud to have spearheaded this initiative. The resolution was co-sponsored by 123 nations and passed by the UN General Assembly in May 2024.

This marks a historic moment, as it's the first time the US has led the designation of an international year at the UN. It underscores the vital role women play in ensuring food security for all.

The coming years will see efforts to empower women farmers, address the challenges they face, and ultimately create a more equitable and productive agricultural sector.

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