African women in agribusiness

Despite holding 60% of the world's arable land, African countries import almost USD 50 billion net of food each year. However, a growing population and a rising middle class represent a huge opportunity for the agribusiness and consumer market now and in the future.

The agricultural sector in Africa is undergoing a dramatic transformation as a result of the influx of women into the sector. As such African women are playing an important role in shaping the growth of agriculture on the continent.

One of the 17 ambitious global development goals adopted in 2015 aims to give women equal rights to economic resources, including access to land ownership and control.

According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation ( FAO ), women account for 70% of the agricultural labour force in Africa and 10% of basic food processing.

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