Dr. Henda Mahmoudi
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
BiographyDr. Henda Mahmoudi works as Plant Physiologist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Mahmoudi has a PhD in Plant Biology (2007), Faculty of Sciences of Tunis and National Institute of Scientific and Technique Research, Tunisia. In addition to a Master Diploma, Plant physiology (Ecophysiology), in 2002 from the same University and a Tunisian Master degree, in Natural Sciences (1999), from Faculty of Sciences Tunis El Manar II Tunis, Tunisia. Dr. Henda has been a Post‐Doc at ICBA since 2012 and before that, she was a visiting scientists with CAL 2009-12. Additionally, she worked closely with different research teams before joining ICBA such as Montpellier in France; Hannover and Gissen in Germany and Milano in Italy. She has extensive experience in plant physiology, biology and plant interaction with rhizosphere. She has published more than 55 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and proceedings and she is leading many projects in different disciplines. Dr. Mahmoudi is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities and member in-charge of different Working Groups such Energy, Water and Environment.
Women Empowerment in AgricultureInitiatives in favour of agricultural and rural development, as well as human resources development, in particular by bringing women into the development process, will improve food security, public health, social stability and the economy of countries. Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in developing countries. They make up almost half of the world’s farmers. Over the last few decades, they have broadened their involvement in agriculture. The number of female-headed households has also increased as more men have migrated to cities. As the primary caregivers to families and communities, women provide food and nutrition; they are the human link between the farm and the table. As the global community works toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -among them, SDG2, which aims to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030- women can be the key agents of change in agriculture, nutrition and rural development. With better access to information, training, and technology, women can alter food production and consumption so that land and resources are used sustainably.