Empowering Africa’s women agricultural scientists (New Agriculturist)


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The recent Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) put the needs of women in agriculture at the forefront of the agricultural reform agenda. Women comprise nearly half the world’s farmers yet are often not even categorised as farmers; their needs receive scant attention, whether from agricultural research and advisory institutions, enabling policies or access to inputs and land. GCARD2 has highlighted the need for major change in the way institutions think about farmers, their knowledge and innovation needs and the gender-based differences and challenges in meeting these. The conference carried a strong and persistent message of change, with issues of youth, women, nutrition and sustainability at the heart of the processes discussed.

At the conference, Vicki Wilde, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), chaired a session on the learning and empowerment of women and youth. She shared insights gained…

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