Women Farmers Need More Aid, ActionAid Says

    Support for women-managed farms in developing countries should be increased to boost the world’s progress toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of halving global hunger by 2015, ActionAid said, according to Reuters. Donors should increase their aid to small farmers, which are mostly women, to USD40 billion annually, the international organization stated in a recently released report.

    “Unless national governments and the EU substantially increase their financial commitments it will be impossible to achieve food and nutritional security,” Anne-Catherine Claude, ActionAid EU’s food rights expert, explained.

    ActionAid also encouraged governments of developing countries to increase their budgets for agriculture.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.