Women’s employment in agriculture is of central importance to the implementation of the overall Agenda2030. Women produce a vat proportion of the global food supply, but still less then male farmers, mostly because of missing opportunities and access to resources. AfDB’s first gender equality index explores such issues that have not been included in other similar gender equality indexes. As breakthrough action areas, the index identifies access to land, credit and infrastructure. Since agriculture is seen as the common thread connecting all the SDGs and women’s productivity has great potential to rise, investment in women in agriculture is recognised as important investment target.
Overall the progress in women’s empowerment is slow and uneven. To ensure progress and success, positive synergies between gender equality and sustainable development need to be reinforced. Furthermore, investments need to directly target the transformation of economies, while realizing women’s rights. In this video our panel explores the women’s empowerment in real food systems and nutrition.