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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.

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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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Delivering ‘bundles’ of services offers boost to women agripreneurs

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Women are major players in Africa’s agriculture sector, but have to overcome a number of hurdles in developing and running successful farming businesses. Providing packages of services, including access to land and finance, business skills, extension advisory services and effective markets will support more women entrepreneurs in carving a place in agribusiness, a thriving sector touted to unlock new jobs, higher incomes and more robust livelihoods.

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