The odds against Nigerian women in agriculture
Female farmers collecting carrots.  Source: FAO via Flickr

“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” - Kofi Annan.

Several studies have shown that when women get more opportunities, economies grow. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that if female farmers have the same access as men to productive resources such as land and fertilisers, agricultural output in developing countries could increase by as much as 2.5 to 4%.

Such development grows from the home, as empowering women leads to more control of household resources and financial independence. A situation that changes household spending in ways that positively impact children. 

Data from the World Bank shows that when women control more household income, they spend it on food and education, which is highly beneficial to their kids. 

In Nigeria, there's room for this development to happen in our agriculture sector. Women make up a significant proportion of the industry. 

Estimates on just how

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Gbemisola Alonge

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