Gender

Women and household nutrition:

ILRI/Paul Karaimu

Women’s decisions about what they themselves eat while pregnant, and what food they provide their young in the first 1,000 days of their lives, generates lifelong health, growth and cognitive benefits or costs for those children.

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Women’s empowerment:

photo credit: ILRI\Zerihun Sewunet

Women who access and control livestock assets improve the health, education and food security of their households. 90% of income under the control of women is channeled back into their households or local communities, compared with only 30-40% for men.

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Women’s role in livestock enterprises:

photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann

Two-thirds of the world’s 600 million poor livestock keepers are rural women who do most of the day-to-day farm animal management as well as the processing, marketing and selling of animal produce. But due to social norms, women’s control over the income generated often remains substantially less than men’s.

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