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Recent statistics indicate that women comprise about 43% of the agricultural labor force globally, and up to 80 % in some African countries. In sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, women produce 60-80% of basic foodstuffs. This needs to be encouraged to reduce 100-150 million fewer people going hungry in the world. However, 500 million women live below the poverty line in rural areas around the world.
As the world is celebrating the International day of rural women, at CTA, we recognise the huge role women play in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The Centre provides resources to support women’s empowerment and capacity building in agriculture across Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Moreover, through our 30th anniversary campaign, we promote the power of knowledge as key in bringing about life-changing opportunities to women in rural communities.
Even with little or no status, rural women need to secure land rights and to access vital services such as credit, inputs, extension services, training and education. This celebration is important to draw global attention to supporting rural women and to give value and credit to their work.
Learn more how ACP rural women are making their mark and experiencing much success.
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