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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, rural women are responsible for half of the world’s food production. They produce 60–80 percent of the food in most developing countries. They ...

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, rural women are responsible for half of the world’s food production. They produce 60–80 percent of the food in most developing countries. They are also the main producers of the world’s staple crops—rice,  heat and maize—which provide up to 90 percent of the rural poor’s food intake.

Promote affirmative action to improve women’s political and economic participation in developing countries.

The health and education gaps between men and women have been closing in recent years. But the gaps in political and economic participation show no signs of closing in most developing countries. Affirmative action is necessary to close these gaps.

Affirmative action has been shown to promote the political participation of traditionally disadvantaged groups of people, notably women and lower  castes in India. Reserving 30 percent of the seats in local and national parliaments for women can empower women politically.

In the economic sphere, banks can be mandated to provide women with at least 50 percent of the credit provided to men. Agricultural extension programs currently reach only 5 percent of the women in Africa: affirmative rules could mandate that at least 30 percent of the agricultural extension programs be targeted at women.

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    Provide vocational training to women in developing countries to enable them to add value to their products and bring them to market.

    Provide vocational training to women in developing countries to enable them to add value to their products and bring them to market.

    Provide vocational training to women in developing countries to enable them to add value to their products and bring them to market.

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    Use the media to promote women’s access to land, inputs and credit in developing countries.

    Use the media to promote women’s access to land, inputs and credit in developing countries.

    Use the media to promote women’s access to land, inputs and credit in developing countries.

    Polity, Civil Society
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    Use creative approaches to eliminating illiteracy by combining literacy programs with skill-building programs. Provide daycare facilities to ensure participation.

    Use creative approaches to eliminating illiteracy by combining literacy programs with skill-building programs. Provide daycare facilities to ensure participation.

    Use creative approaches to eliminating illiteracy by combining literacy programs with skill-building programs. Provide daycare facilities to ensure participation.

    Polity, Civil Society
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    In developing countries, foster grassroots organizations and form cooperatives to empower rural women.

    In developing countries, foster grassroots organizations and form cooperatives to empower rural women.

    In developing countries, foster grassroots organizations and form cooperatives to empower rural women.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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    Include men in the process of empowering women.

    Include men in the process of empowering women.

    Include men in the process of empowering women.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society