The exclusion of women and girls, as a structural constraint across all development sectors, highlights the importance of working on gender equity. This is particularly relevant in the agricultural sector, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where, historically, women are responsible for more than one-half the labor on family farms. However, most local land and resource policies favor men.Women’s unequal access to and control over resources compared to men is one of the underlying causes of global hunger. According to FAO, “the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by more than 100 million people if women in rural areas were given equal access to the same resources as men”. This cultural backdrop is one that DIG understands and considers in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Women farmers are meaningfully included in DIG opportunities, including leadership responsibilities, resulting in more productive farms that readily adopt new sustainable techniques and improve overall family well-being.