Makida Mohammed is a self-described “peasant farmer” in Ethiopia, where she raises wheat, maize, barley, peas, potatoes, and livestock.
Women are a force in agriculture, whether it's breeding new plants and animals or tending orchards, livestock, and fields.
Currently, women comprise about 43 percent of the agricultural labor pool in developing nations, and they're continuing to advance in the agricultural sciences.
In recognition of their valuable contributions, the Cornell Alliance for Science will regularly showcase the stories of outstanding scientists and farmers who also happen to be women.
It is well known that ‘women’s crops’ feed families while ‘males’ crops’ make money. More involvement of women in agricultural research could help bring food security to developing countries.
Makida Mohammed is a self-described “peasant farmer” in Ethiopia, where she raises wheat, maize, barley, peas, potatoes, & livestock. After the death of her husband, Makida used gifts...
As we celebrate International Women's Day, it's important to note the critical contributions of women to farming and agricultural science around the world.
Scientists have discovered a way of using precision breeding techniques to make hornless cattle.
The Alliance for Science would like to recognize NY organic farmer Amy Hepworth for her advocacy towards incorporating the advances in biotechnology into organic and sustainable agriculture.
"I don’t just have a bone to pick with only the anti-GMO activists. I also have issue with the pro-GMO activists who mean well in speaking up for us ... I appreciate when other people speak up for us, but they tend to do it from a skewed point of view—and usually pity."
I had a great opportunity to talk to my fellow Cornell Alliance for Science colleague, Nassib Mugwanya of Uganda. He works for the Uganda Biosciences and focuses on staple crops.