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Africa Economic Brief - Gender equality in agriculture: What are really the benefits for sub-Saharan Africa?


Women’s contribution to economic development is hard to over-emphasize. In the agricultural sector of many developing countries, they represent the main driving force and spend considerable amount of time planting, weeding, ridging, and harvesting, while simultaneously doing their regular chores. However, irrespective of the sub-Saharan African (SSA) country under investigation, women are often found to be less productive than their male counterparts in the agricultural sector. Indeed, empirical evidence suggests that women’s deficits in agricultural productivity range from 4 to 50% across the world, but lie between 20 and 30% in the SSA region (FAO, 2011; Kilic et al, 2013).

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