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Women in Sub-Saharan Africa produce up to 80% of basic foods for household consumption and domestic markets. In the livestock sector, women perform 50% – 60% of the functions related to feeding and milking larger animals, as well as raising small stock.

Furthermore, rural women provide most of the labor for post-harvest activities, such as storage, handling, stocking, processing, and marketing. Given the extensive participation of women in all aspects of agricultural production, mainstreaming gender issues in agriculture is an important strategy for the promotion of equality between men and women and for sustainable agricultural production. In 2010, CORAF adopted a Gender policy to ensure that women issues are mainstreamed systematically in all its activities. Since, the adoption of the plan in 2010, considerable progress has been made in addressing the concerns of women and girls in the access, adoption, and uptake of agricultural technologies and innovations in West and Central Africa.

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