Empowering women farmers has been linked to gaining food security, decreasing poverty, and fighting climate change.
Given the same education and training as their male counterpart, women farmers’ production could increase by 30%, which could help meet the food needs of about 150 million people.
The five countries where women are a significant driving force in agriculture are:
Agriculture employs 74% of employed women but it is likely that there are even more who work informally in agriculture.
In Tanzania, 70% of employed women work in the agriculture sector, more than in any other sub-Saharan country.
Across the country, 38% of employed women work in the agriculture sector, the most important sector in Gambia’s economy.
Because more men are leaving farming in favor of working in cities, more women are bearing the responsibility of farming. The sector employs
34% of employed women work in agriculture.
More women are taking over the operation of family farms across the country as more men begin working in other industries. Currently, 32% of employed women work in agriculture.
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