Promotion of women’s empowerment

Women make significant contributions to rice farming, processing, and marketing. Yet, they still face barriers and inequalities when it comes to access and control over resources such as information and inputs.

More involvement for women in training efforts in rice science is one of the achievements of RICE Phase I. By 2022, RICE aims to assist women in exiting poverty and hunger through appropriate technological, institutional, and policy support that could offer equal opportunities of employment for women and men to accelerate the attainment of food security and poverty alleviation.

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2022 Targets

In promoting women’s empowerment, RICE aims to:

  • Help at least 13 million rice consumers and producers, half of them female, to exit poverty by 2022, and another 5 million by 2030.
  • Assist at least 17 million people, half of them female, out of hunger by 2022, rising to 24 million by 2030.
  • Assist at least 8 million people, half of them female, to meet their daily Zn requirements from rice by 2022, rising to 18.