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Democracy in Development: Improving Women’s Economic Potential

by Isobel Coleman
October 17, 2012

A Kashmiri farmer winnows paddy during harvesting season in Bhatpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, October 9, 2012 (Fayaz Kabli/Courtesy Reuters). A Kashmiri farmer winnows paddy during harvesting season in Bhatpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, October 9, 2012 (Fayaz Kabli/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, I discussed the challenge of identifying the most effective ways to overcome obstacles to women’s economic potential. This was the subject of a meeting of the ExxonMobil roundtable series last week at the Council on Foreign Relations. As I write:

Clearly, more research is needed to understand how best to focus limited resources on improving women’s economic potential. The opportunity is significant: for example, the Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that equalizing access to productive resources between female and male farmers could increase agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent.

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