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OPINION: Aid For Women Farmers Is A Worthy Investment

In a piece on The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Eva Clayton, a former Democratic member of Congress from North Carolina and assistant director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization between 2003 and 2006, calls on the World Bank to invest more in women farmers in the developing world, after the agency “largely ignored the role women and small entrepreneurs can play in the developing world to improve food security” at an April 2011 meeting. “The World Bank is asking for a big increase in funding from the U.S. Congress. … Given these additional funds, it’s a good time for Congress to insist on greater accountability and better policy,” Clayton writes (5/26).