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Women farmers may be the pillars of African agriculture and the African economy, but they would better placed to contribute to poverty eradication if they were given the right opportunities and mechanisms.

These were the opinions of Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda, director of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), as she spoke to an audience during the “Empowerment of women and youth for improved productivity” side event of the 6th FARA Africa Agriculture Science Week in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Sibanda notes that women are the guardians of food security in Africa, but they are still marginalized in business relations and have minimal control over access to resources such as land, improved seeds, fertilizer, credit and technology.

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