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Market Brief - Africa Economic Financial Brief from 30 December 2013 to 3 January 2014


The path out of poverty in agrarian countries in Africa lies in their ability to provide equitable access to productive assets-land, credit, livestock, health and education to name a few. No less important is the duty of policymakers to examine gendered differences in the use, control and ownership of these same assets. Current estimates show that around 50 percent of economically active women in African countries earn their livelihoods in agriculture. Yet, in Africa women constitute a meager 15 percent of land use rights and 1 percent of land ownership. It is also estimated that women receive only 5 percent of agriculture extension services, and receive less than 10 percent of available credit.

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