The National Mango Board is changing its name for one day to “National WOmango Board” in celebration of International Women’s Day.
On March 8, the United Nations-sanctioned holiday celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also calling people to action for accelerating gender equality, according to a news release.
The board recognizes the contribution of all women in the mango industry, from growers on farms in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and around the world, through the entire mango supply chain to women in produce, in retail and culinary fields.
The board’s temporary name change is to acknowledge women in the mango industry, inspire conversation and build awareness of gender equity, according to the release. It’s also to honor female industry members and their contributions.
The organization will also highlight the experiences of female board of directors members.
Worldwide, there is growth of women in agriculture. In the U.S., 36% of all agriculture producers are female, and in mango-producing countries such as Ecuador and Peru, women comprise 24.8% and 31.3% of the agricultural labor force, according to the release.
“We encourage a diverse and inclusive mango industry, which supports women in the agricultural workforce and supporting industries. This diversity strengthens the mango industry and agriculture as a whole,” Manuel Michel, board executive director, said in the release.