‘Women in the driver’s seat’ is a programme in Ghana which teaches women to handle tractors.
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21.08.2018

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As part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is supporting pilot projects to promote women in agricultural vocational training on the African continent.

Women are the backbone of African agriculture. They produce some 80 per cent of food and account for almost 50 per cent of employment in the sector. Nevertheless, women often lack access to training opportunities because of sociocultural barriers.

The African Union (AU) launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) back in 2003 as a strategy for agricultural growth and food security. Without specific support to more gender equality, continental CAADP goals are virtually unreachable.

GIZ is supporting CAADP at multiple levels and cooperating with the AU and its planning and coordination agency (NEPAD). Besides improving the political framework on the entire continent and specifically in AU member states, there is also direct promotion for women in agricultural vocational training and education. This is the only way to make full use of their potential in increasing agricultural productivity and profitability on the continent.

The project Women in ATVET (Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training) is a module of the GIZ CAADP support programme, and is being implemented in six partner countries: Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo.

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