Story:Women farmers– the Cornerstone of African Agriculture

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), celebrated the International Women’s Day – 8 March 2016 by paying special tribute to all the women in the agriculture sector who remain committed, focussed and enduring to feed their families, communities, nations and the world. The gender statistics in the sector remain glaringly unbalanced as climate change and malnutrition continue to challenge households. It is pertinent that Africa understand these challenges when addressing agriculture. This sector remains one of the important economic generators for the continent contributing 25% of the continent’s GDP. This accounts for over 60 percent of African citizens rely on agriculture. Women make up almost 50% of the agricult ural labour force in Sub-Saharan Africa. A total of 62% of economically active women in Africa work in agriculture, making it the largest employer of women. In some countries, such as Rwanda, Malawi and Burkina Faso, over 90% of economically active women are involved in agriculture (AfDB, 2015). More



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