Compared to men, women and girls are still more severely affected by poverty, hunger and disease. When food is scarce, female family members often get the smallest portions.
For many years, women have played a key role in agriculture. Several estimations indicate that rural women in Latin America and the Caribbean are responsible for the production of approximately 45 per cent of the food consumed by rural households in the region.
Several other estimates indicate that rural women are responsible for the production of 60–80 per cent of food produced in developing countries around the world.