To End Hunger in Africa, We Must Put Women at the Center of Agricultural Growth
December 16, 2012 – "In recent months, we have seen just how interconnected global food markets have become. Droughts in North America, Europe and central Asia have led to decreased global grain supplies and high food prices, which in turn have affected the ability of African communities – particularly in food-importing countries – to feed themselves. With 239 million people on the continent undernourished, Africans must take greater ownership over how they get their food. Fortunately, there is growing recognition of this challenge and the fundamental role that women play in meeting it.
Women are at the heart of a significant untapped potential to increase agricultural production in Africa. To improve economic growth and agricultural productivity, we must put women, particularly women farmers, at the center of efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition..."
Read the full article by Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director for Hunger Solutions in the Office of the Executive Director of the World Food Programme.