Closing the gender gap in agriculture: Which way, Africa?
” ……..if rural women in developing countries had the same access to land, technology, credit, education and markets as men did, yields on women’s farms could be increased by 20–30%. This would result in an increase in agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5–4% which could in turn reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12–17%, or 100–150 million”…. Now is the time to close the gender gap in agriculture
Over 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, over 60% of employed women work in the agricultural sector and a significant number of them are smallholder farmers. Thus, it may be rightly said that African women are the backbone of the continent’s agriculture and nutrition.
However, despite the pivotal role that women play in Africa’s agriculture sector, two recent flagship reports by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank show that a gender gap exists in agriculture, with rural women farmers facing a number of constraints not experienced by their male counterparts.
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