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A new report highlights the need for gender equality to achieve agricultural growth goals in Africa.

Many African governments have committed to promoting inclusive agricultural growth in recent years, but their efforts often neglect the key role played by gender, according to the report 2019 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) “Gender Equality in Rural Africa: From Commitments to Outcomes” published in November 2019 by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), a programme facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). 

The report highlights the many costs of gender inequality at all levels: from the individual to the household, the community, and the nation. Evidence shows that gender differences are affecting African countries’ ability to meet their goals of ending hunger, reducing poverty, boosting trade, and increasing resilience to climate change and other risks. 

Gender norms and inequality have led to disparities in men’s and women’s incomes, assets, productive capacity, human capital and overall well-being, the report says. For example, women continue to have less secure land tenure than men.

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