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Thursday, October 18 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Gaining Ground: The Connection between Women's Land Rights and Food Security

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Women, on average, comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries and have a key role in household food production.  Yet women are less likely than men to have secure rights to the land they cultivate and the land they do have is typically smaller in size and of poorer quality.  These gender differences constrain agricultural productivity and impede women’s efforts to feed their families, impacting the household’s ability to climb out of poverty.  Breaking the barriers to women’s secure land rights will help empower women and improve household food security and welfare.

This event, hosted by Landesa, will be moderated by Dr. Jolyne Sanjak, Managing Director, Technical Services, Millennium Development Corporation, and feature panelists who will discuss:

- Women’s secure land rights: barriers and benefits
- Micro-plots: an innovative approach to women’s land rights and food security
- The global land rush: the impact on women

Panelists Include:
Renée Giovarelli - Executive Director, Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights
Dr. Ashok Kumar Sircar - Director of Programs, Landesa India
Karol Boudreaux - Africa Land Tenure Specialist, USAID

Please contact D. Hien Tran at hient@landesa.org for additional information.

Thursday October 18, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Cedar Rapids Room (3rd Floor) Downtown Des Moines Marriott