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Closing Malaysia gender gap in farming brings stronger economy to region

(WNN/SD) Penang, MALAYSIA, ASIA: Productivity losses due to the agriculture ”gender gap” are straining global economies, a conference has heard. This was the consensus of gender scientists and agricultural researchers at a workshop in Malaysia that aimed to develop an agenda for gender transformative research for the agricultural sector.
 
The conference, held in Penang this month, was convened by the CGIAR Consortium. According to Paula Kantor, a senior gender scientist at the Malaysia-based WorldFish, gender disparities persist in “access to resources, markets and technologies, even after decades of research and interventions on gender”.
 
 
Photo credit: Malay women work the farm fields in Brunei Darussalam. Image: Ian Lloyd/State of Brunei Darussalam