Women play a major role in socio-economic development and food production in Africa. But they also face significant challenges to attain resources needed to improve their standards of living and also benefit their communities especially in the area of farming. According to the FAO, Women’s contributions to food production and food security would be far greater if they enjoyed equal access to essential resources and services. Removing the obstacles faced by women yields a double harvest, improving their lives and allowing them to put their labor, knowledge and creativity to work more productively.
In developing countries, most women’s work is devoted to agriculture. Women are involved in every stage of food production. Although men usually plough the fields and drive draught animals, women do most of the work involved in sowing, weeding, fertilizing and harvesting the staple crops – such as rice, wheat, fonio and maize – which allows for more than 90 percent of the rural poor’s diet.
FO&T works diligently to provide tangible farming support to women cooperatives and small-scale farmers in the rural communities thereby reducing poverty and enhancing economic growth. Most female farmers are the bread winners and they tend to spend all their earnings on food, health care and education hence any additional income they receive is also put into good use.