Agricultural yields would increase by almost a third if women had the same access to resources as men, said Neven Mimica, European Union commissioner for international cooperation and development.
"As a result, there would be up to 150 million fewer hungry people in the world," he told a meeting of experts and government representatives, gathered at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to find ways of helping women farmers.
Children also have significantly better prospects for the future when their mothers are healthy, wealthy and educated, he added.
"If we are serious about putting an end to poverty and hunger once and for all, then we all need to step up our support for rural women," he said."
Read article by Alex Whiting from Reuters.