Agriculture: the proportion of women is lower than in any other EU | NDR.de – News – Lower Saxony


Status: 2022-09-23 10:40 am

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According to the share of women in agriculture, Germany ranks last in Europe. (feature photo)

Gender equality in Germany is far from achieved even in agriculture, according to a new research study. According to the Braunschweig Thünen Institute and the University of Göttingen, only 11 percent of farms are run by women. When it comes to inheritance in court, the share of women is about 18 percent. This puts Germany in one of the last places at the European level. For Germany’s first post-unification study of women’s living and working conditions in agriculture, researchers collected data over three years. Surveys have revealed that there are significant barriers for women to enter agriculture. Outdated gender images and traditional inheritance practices still pose structural barriers to women, a report released on Thursday said. However, there is a slight trend towards an increase in the number of female heirs to the court. There is also an increase in the number of women who start farms on their own.

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