Gender Facts

  • One third of all rural households in sub-Saharan Africa are headed by women
  • Women farmers receive only 1% of total financial credits to agriculture
  • African women’s workdays may be 50% longer than men’s and their work is closely intergrated with household production systems
  • In Kenya, giving women farmers the same level of agricultutral inputs and education as men could increase yields obtained by women by more than 20%
  • In Tanzania, reducing time burdens of women could increase household cash incomes for smallholder coffee and banana growers by 10% labour productivity by 15% and capital productivity by 44%
  • In Zambia, if women nenjoyed the same overall degree of capital investment in agricultural inputs, including land, as their male counterparts, output could increase by 15%

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