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Bridging Gender gaps in African agriculture – Way Forward.

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva has said at a joint event with the African Union (AU) on the margins of the UN General Assembly that gender gaps in agriculture in Africa are holding back progress towards ending hunger and must be urgently addressed.



The Director-General called for better representation of women in governance mechanisms and decision-making processes, as well as adequate and equal access to land, financial resources, social protection programmes, services and opportunities for women in rural areas.

The findings and recommendations of the AU-FAO study The Regional Outlook on Gender and Agrifood Systems were presented at the event. The Outlook is based on an extensive review of existing statistics, gender audits of 38 National Agricultural Investment Plans and in-depth country gender assessments carried out in 40 countries.

The study’s recommendations call for a “gender data revolution” in the agri-food sector to inform sound policies and programmes, and elevating the gender benchmarks in planning, monitoring and accountability.

“We need to put in place gender targeted programmes that address women’s specific vulnerabilities but also their key role in household nutrition and resilience,” Graziano da Silva said.

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“Evidence shows that when women are empowered, farms are more productive, natural resources are better managed, nutrition is improved, and livelihoods are more secure,” he added.

In some African countries, women account for up to 60 percent of the labour force in family farming. They are largely responsible for agricultural activities such as growing vegetables, preserving harvests and raising small ruminants such as sheep and goats. Women are also responsible for family nutrition through the preparation of meals.

Closing productivity gaps could increase food production and consumption by up to 10 percent and reduce poverty by up to 13 percent.

If women have the same access to skills, resources and opportunities as men, they can be powerful drivers in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Empowering women in agriculture, value chains and trade will accelerate the achievement of the Malabo Commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Backbone of Gambian Economy Requires Careful Monitoring – Experts

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Prospects of a growing GDP must be reflected in growth in exports, foreign direct investment and tourist arrivals. The financial year is almost coming to an end but not much has been said about the main export crop.



Earlier a press release was issued questioning the prospects of the farming season.
However, the government has not said much about the trade season. It is standard of good practice to announce the prices of crops before they are even sown to motivate farmers to aim to have bumper harvest.
Now farmers are still waiting to be assured that their crops will be bought at reasonable prices. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the trade season and tourist arrivals as pointers to growth or decline in GDP.

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China eliminates poverty in 85 counties

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China, on Wednesday, announced that another 85 counties have been officially taken off the country’s list of impoverished areas, marking further steps toward its goal of eradicating poverty by 2020.

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The announcement, made by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, came on the fifth National Poverty Relief Day, which falls on October 17 every year.

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This is the largest number of counties to shake off poverty since China vowed in 2015 to win the battle against poverty.

It brings the total number of counties removed from the poverty list since then to 153.

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