Posted on May 26, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Number of women farmers in Japan continues to decline

USDA report says decline due to rising demand for workers in healthcare sector

Recent demographic data indicates a reversal in the traditional gender ratio of Japanese farmers, according to a new report by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Historically, women farmers outnumbered male farmers in Japan. Over the past 10 years, however, the number of male farmers has surpassed that of women farmers.

As Japan’s agriculture struggles with labor shortages due to demographic trends, government policies have increasingly focused on promoting female participation in the sector.

While there has been some progress, continued migration to urban areas and rising demand for workers in other sectors such as healthcare, suggest the trend may continue.

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