Girls and young women represent a crucial invisible labour force in the developing world. They play a key role as producers of food, managers of natural resources, income earners, and main caregivers of their families and communities. Nevertheless, gender-based discrimination denies rural women and girls equitable access to productive resources and opportunities. In West Africa and Eastern/Southern Africa, there seems to be a momentum to mainstream gender in agricultural and food security policies and programmes. Nevertheless, progress has been slow and little has been done concretely to move from words to action.
In their latest ECDPM talking points blog, Carmen Torres and Hanne Knaepen identify a number of quick wins to increasingly mainstream gender in West and Eastern/Southern Africa’s agricultural and food security policy processes.