Webinar: Women in agriculture: Four myths


by PIM | March 23, 2018

When: 11 April 2018, 10-11AM EST
Presenters: Cheryl Doss (University of Oxford), Agnes Quisumbing (IFPRI), Ruth Meinzen-Dick (IFPRI)

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Women in agriculture: Four myths (on SlideShare)

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality and women’s rights and at least 11 of the 17 SDGs require indicators related to gender dynamics. Despite the need for reliable indicators, stylized facts on women, agriculture, and the environment persist. During this webinar we will focus on four gender myths:

  1. 70% of the world’s poor are women;
  2. Women produce 60 to 80% of the world’s food;
  3. Women own 1% of the world’s land; and
  4. Women are better stewards of the environment.

Based on the review of the conceptual and empirical literature, we will present the kernel of truth underlying each myth, question its underlying assumptions and implications, and examine how it hinders us from developing effective food security policies.

Note: This webinar is based on the paper published in the March 2018 volume of the Global Food Security journal. See full citation below:

Doss, Cheryl; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela; Quisumbing, Agnes R.; and Theis, Sophie. Women in agriculture: Four myths. Global Food Security. March 2018, Pages 69-74 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2017.10.001 (Open Access funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)


Cheryl Doss is a development economist whose research focusses on issues related to assets, agriculture, and gender with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She is Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics at the Oxford Department of International Development and PIM’s gender research lead. Read more

Agnes Quisumbing is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She co-leads a research program that examines how closing the gap between men’s and women’s ownership and control of assets may lead to better development outcomes. Her research interests include poverty, gender, property rights, and economic mobility. Read more

Ruth Meinzen-Dick is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). One of her major research areas deals with how institutions and policies affect the way people manage natural resources, especially land and water. She also studies gender issues in agriculture, with a particular focus on gender differences in control over assets, and the impact of agricultural research on poverty. Read more


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