African Women Key in Green Revolution

Wezi Tjaronda – New Era (Namibia) – Mon 16 Feb, 2008

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Namibia women farmers. Image: New Era

WINDHOEK – African governments should focus on the needs of women farmers as they embark on the Green Revolution in Africa, experts at the just ended High Level Meeting on African Agriculture have said.

Women in Africa make up between 70 and 80 percent of food processors, yet they lack access to finance, education, land and rights.

Although they are key for programmes on agriculture productivity to succeed, their participation in decision-making has for long been neglected, according to Chairperson of the 17th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Gerda Verburg. She was speaking on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the High Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges, Making Sustainable Green Revolution”. . .

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