Gender Equality in Rural Africa (AGD/M.N)

The Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) presented since Monday in Lome on the occasion of the 2019 Annual Conference of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support  System (ReSAKSS) is discussing the question of gender in agrarian activities.

The report "Gender Equality in Rural Africa: Commitments to Results" brings together the different research findings needed to advance gender equality in Africa.

The aim is to achieve the hunger eradication and resilience-building goals set out in Malabo 2014 Declaration. A statement that basically reminds states to spend 10% of their budget on agriculture.

One of the expectations of the Lome meeting is to gather relevant data on the involvement of women in agricultural activities in Africa and to measure the impact of gender.

"We are too tired of conferences without taking action, gender is so important that we need to go beyond conferences, we want concrete recommendations, and I hope that in terms of results, as promised in the conference theme, we will really make rural women move forward", pleaded Dr. Afeikhena Theo Jerome.

Sex-specific strategies

The report calls on governments and development actors to take into account gender-specific norms in public policy making related to agriculture. These standards shape the context of agriculture, livelihoods and well-being to achieve the desired results.

"According to the gender inequality forum index of 2018, a gap of 34% remains to be bridged between men and women in sub-Saharan Africa. In ECOWAS countries, this gap varies between 30 and 42% and has also worsened over the past decade due to security issues", noted Sekou Sangare, Commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in charge of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources.

"Beyond the figures and rates concerning the feminization rates of our parliaments and governments, it is also important that the problem of the arduous work of women and young people in rural areas is also taken into account", he suggested.

For his part, Noel Koutera Bataka, Togolese Minister of Agriculture stressed that "governments and development actors need better data on the influence and impact of gender in order to bridge the gender gap in agriculture".

"The issue has been sufficiently addressed and we are calling for the production of knowledge and evidence to feed the reflections and policy measures needed to bring about a real transformation of the business models of our nations," he said.

"Whenever we have invested in equity, the transformation at the level of economies, we should evaluate the impacts and highlight the guidelines that should serve us as methodological tools to allow us have sex-specific strategies in order to induce a significant improvement in the development beyond our speeches and our beautiful words", hammered the Minister of Agriculture.

The ATOR report is published by the Regional System for Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Management (ReSAKSS), a program coordinated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) works to find sustainable solutions to eradicate hunger and poverty.

Established in 1975, its purpose is to identify and analyze national and international strategies and policies that will address the food needs of the developing world, with special attention to low-income countries and the poorest groups in these countries.


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