Food for the Future with Empowered Female Smallholders?

Would female farmers increase their their yields by 20-30 per cent if they had the same access to productive resources as men?
Mar. 8 2016

8:00 - 11:15

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Auditorium 4th floor

Ruseløkkveien 26, 0251 Oslo

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In African countries, women play a critical role in agriculture. Female smallholders produce 60-80 per cent of the food consumed locally. However, women continue to have poor access to and control over the means of agricultural production, including agricultural inputs, improved technologies, extension services, credit and land.

FAO claims that if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase their yields by 20-30 per cent. What are the challenges and what are the solutions? How to empower women smallholder farmers?



  • Opening: Women and sustainable food production with Ann Merete Furuberg, leader of Norwegian Farmers and Smallholder’s Union


Panel: How do we empower women?

  • Ms. Isatou Jallow, senior adviser, NEPAD
  • Ms Elin Ersdal, head of Departement NORFUND 
  • Ms Lovise Ribe, head of FIAN 
  • Mr. Karstein Gjefle, senior adviser, The Royal Norwegian Society for Development 
  • Ms. Kari Helene Partapuoli, Head of The Development Fund 
  • Ms. Bjørg Skotnes, senior adviser, MFA 

Moderator: Eva Bratholm, Communication director, Norad

12:00 Concluding remarks 

  • The SDGs: Women and agriculture with Jon Lomøy, Director General, Norad