Policy Brief Gender Roles Social Equity and PHM Policies

Agriculture is a major source of livelihoods for the rural populations of Sub Saharan Africa. It accounts for over 20 % of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) (AfDB, 2014). About 70 % of the population live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture (World Bank, 2012). Approximately 47 % of agricultural workers in Sub Saharan Africa are women (AfDB, 2014, FAO, 2011a). This brief focuses on two countries – Benin and Mozambique where both countries are experiencing low productivity in the agriculture sector. Major drawbacks are poor mechanisation, lack of infrastructure and post-harvest losses.