If Women Hold up Half the Sky, How Much of the World's Food Do They Produce?

Doss's paper examines the data on how much food women produce. She examines available data on labor inputs and agricultural outputs to determine women's specific contribution to the global food supply. Doss shows that it is impossible to know how much food women produce, because women do not produce separately from men and it is difficult to disaggregate data on women and men's production. Doss concludes that additional data is necessary to continue to examine this question empirically. In the process, she convincingly demolishes the commonly repeated statement that women produce 70% of the world's food.

Citation: 
Doss, C.R. 2014. If Women Hold up Half the Sky, How Much of the World's Food Do They Produce? In Gender and Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap, edited by A.R. Quisumbing, R. Meinzen-Dick, T.L Raney, A. Croppenstedt, J.A. Behrman, and A. Peterman. Dordrecht: Springer.
Year: 
2014
Media Type: 
Working Paper
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