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April 22, 2016

The Benefits of Women Owning Land

This World Economic Forum piece highlights the status of women's land rights across the developing world, and the benefits of women owning land. Excerpts below:


Source: World Economic Forum


"Women account for nearly half of the developing world's farmers, yet they own far less land than men despite growing evidence that increasing female land ownership can boost food production, education levels and child nutrition.


Women's land ownership can be as low as 10 percent, a survey of 34 developing nations by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found...


* Female farmers lack equal rights to own land in more than 90 countries, making it more difficult for them feed themselves and build a secure future.


* Widows in 35 countries do not have equal land inheritance rights.


* In India, about 11 percent of farms are controlled by women....


* Children whose mothers own land are more than 30 percent less likely to be severely underweight than children of women who do not own land.


* Women who own land are up to eight times less likely to experience domestic violence..."

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