Inter-American Institute for
Cooperation on Agriculture
The publication of this book by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women pursues a dual purpose.
The first and more explicit purpose is to pay a long overdue tribute to a figure that is key for the food security and economic and social progress of our continent.
This acknowledgment of rural women comes at a very timely moment, when a seemingly contagious movement of great proportions is sweeping across much of the world, shedding light on an enormous problem: approximately half of society suffers discrimination. That movement, which is essentially urban, is also present in rural areas.
The second and more ambitious objective - one that commits our institution to a continuous and tenacious effort - is to launch a necessary public discussion that will stimulate the design and implementation of high-quality policies that will improve the lives of rural women.
Sebastião Salgado, a renowned social documentary photographer and photojournalist, generously provided IICA with four photographs that form an integral part of the publication. Salgado received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1998, an accolade that described him as a photographer “who has known how to portray the human condition and to render the inequalities of the modern world with an artistic treatment that is personal, engaged, poetic and technically rigorous.”
© Unicef, Nicole Toutounji