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International Day of Rural Women
Since 2008, the International Day of the Rural Woman has been marked annually on 15 October. This day recognizes the role of rural women, including indigenous women, in agricultural and rural development. Historically women have improved food security in their communities and have aided in diminishing rural poverty and enhanced agricultural development in developing countries.
Rural women make up over a quarter of the total world population and represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labor force. They depend largely on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihood and the livelihood of others; they produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.
Today, 76 per cent of the extremely poor live in rural areas. Ensuring rural women’s access to productive agricultural resources is key to decreasing world hunger and poverty, and to the success of the Sustainable Development agenda.