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CTA’s gender work

Gender

On average, four out of five women in ACP countries depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Yet women earn less than men for the same tasks and have fewer rights to land and property. They also have fewer opportunities to engage in higher-value agribusiness opportunities because they commonly lack the skills, knowledge, finance and access to services they need. Raising women’s income has a disproportionately beneficial ripple effect because women tend to spend more of their income on food, health, clothing, and education for their children than do men.

OUR APPROACH

Gender is a priority theme integrated across all of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s (CTA) work.

CTA’s gender work focuses on two key issues: boosting investment on women owned agribusiness development and enabling women beneficiaries to access preferential or special support product and services – ranging from financial grants to weather-based index insurance.

CTA works with a wide range of partners in the agricultural sector in this regard. The organisations include networks of women owned businesses as well as cooperatives, youth organisations and private sector information and communication technologies (ICT) service providers.

Impact stories

Key figures

Gender is a priority theme integrated across all of CTA's work

80%

OF WOMEN IN LEAST-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES DEPEND ON AGRICULTURE FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS

40%

OF LABOUR IN CROP PRODUCTION IN AFRICA PROVIDED BY WOMEN

160M

FEWER HUNGRY IF WOMEN FARMERS HAD ACCESS TO THE SAME RESOURCES AS MEN

20%

or less of landholders are women

CTA and gender

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Helping women farmers to succeed through improved access to basic infrastructure

by Michael Sudarkasa

Much greater focus is needed on infrastructure development in rural farming communities, to help modernise the equipment that women use to farm, relieve some of the drudgery of the tasks that they undertake, lower the risks to which they are exposed, and reduce the post-harvest losses that significantly affect their overall earnings as primary agricultural producers.

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