The closing statement of GCARD highlighted the need to focus on gender issues in agricultural development and research decisionmaking.
Addressing gender in agriculture, partnerships, and capacity building of national and regional programs were crosscutting themes throughout the conference. Women account for as much as 80 percent of Africa’s food production but they only receive five percent of agricultural extension training and 10 percent of rural credit. Only a quarter of agricultural researchers in Africa are women, and only 14 percent of the management positions in agricultural research and development are female. [Read more...]