Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Leveling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa

Washington, D. C

Where: 12:30-2 p.m., World Bank Headquarters, Room MC 4-800

Although women account for a large share of Africa's farmers they tend to produce less per hectare than men. Closing this output gap by increasing women's agricultural productivity could yield substantial benefits for their families, communities, and countries. There is, however, a need for better evidence on why the gender gap exists and what works to close it. This seminar will present the main findings from Leveling the field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa, a new report on Africa's gender productivity gap. 

Drawing on new data and research from six countries, the report first documents the magnitude of the gender gap and pinpoints its drivers. A key finding is that equalizing access to productive resources such as labor or fertilizer alone will not fully close the gender gap: Effective policies will also need to tackle the gender gaps in returns to those resources. The seminar will also highlight emerging policy options for closing the gap, based on rigorous evidence from impact evaluations and other research.


*Markus Goldstein, WBG Africa Region Gender Practice Leader

*Michael O'Sullivan, WBG Poverty Global Practice, Economist


*Eija Pehu, WBG Agriculture Global Practice Adviser


*Caren Grown, WBG Gender Group Senior Director


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