The Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender of the ECOWAS Commission, Fatimata Dia Sow, deplored in Cotonou on Wednesday, July 26 the “marginalization” of women in the field of agriculture in the West African Community space, Contribution in the field.
In the agricultural sector, women continue to be “marginalized” in the member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), “particularly in the distribution of land, water, Inputs, agricultural and post-harvest equipment and financing, “she said.
Speaking at the opening of the Regional Forum of Key Actors in the Field of Agricultural, Fisheries and Craft Processing in the ECOWAS Area, Dia Sow, noted that women play an important role in Economy of the different member states.
“Women alone produce 70% of the food in our space. They are active throughout the agricultural value chain. They occupy almost the entire agricultural processing sector; And finally, they provide 50% of the small livestock and 60% of the marketing of agricultural products in the ECOWAS area,”she said.
She said that 80% of the population in the Community is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their livelihood.
“Agriculture provides on average 70% of total employment, one third of gross national product and 40% of exports,” she said.