Indonesia: women's home gardens provide 40% of domestic food supplies

May 9, 2015

Title: Indonesia: women’s home gardens provide 40% of domestic food supplies Women's contribution to secondary crops, such as legumes and vegetables, is even greater.Most of these crops are grown in home gardens, tended almost exclusively by women.These gardens are often remarkably productive and critically important to nutritional and economic well-being. A study in eastern Nigeria, for example, found that home gardens occupying only 2 percent of a household's farmland accounted for half the farm's total production. Similarly, home gardens in Indonesia are estimated to provide more than 20 percent of household income and 40 percent of domestic food supplies.

 

Source: "Women, Agriculture, and Food Security," (Rome: FAO, 2001). http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsummit/english/fsheets/women.pdf

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