As documented over the years, gender disparity in Africa is one of the hindrance of achieving sustainable economic growth, reduction of poverty thus curtailing widespread prosperity for everyone in the continent.
According to a report done by UN Women, the Joint UNDP-UNEP Environment Initiative and the World Bank shows that gender disparity in access to productive and financial resources inhibits agricultural productivity hence food insecurity.
The report articulates that gender gap in agriculture exists because women have unequal access to key factors of production such as land, labour, knowledge, fertilizer and improved seeds.
Making her presentation during the TICAD VI side event for female vice chancellors from Universities in Africa, Dr. Torkelsson Asa, Economic Empowerment Advisor, UN Women said gender disparity in agriculture persists because challenges facing women farmers are still inadequately tackled in agricultural policy strategy and programs.
She acknowledged that UN Women could not tackle the problem alone and going forward, collaboration with academia in research was inevitable for the gap to be bridged.
In a bid to promote empowerment of women in agriculture, Dr. Asa said UN Women are working to build and strengthen women resilience in agricultural productivity.
“UN Women is working to promote women financial inclusion and entrepreneurship development,” said Dr. Asa.
In an effort to ensure gender equity especially in agricultural productivity, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has partnered with UN Women in post-harvest technology programme for mango farmers in Kenya dubbed ‘Increasing Access of Post-Harvest Technologies for Women Farmers’.
The programme aims to increase agricultural productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, lower women domestic care burden and enhance food security in Kenya. It not only enhances the mechanisation of agriculture but also shows the transformative role technology adoption play in fundamentally shifting the role of women farmers in agriculture. Read more