But averting what some experts believe could be a food crisis of immense proportions requires paying close attention to an often overlooked feature of food security in the region: African women play a large and growing role in all aspects of the region's food systems--whether it's growing crops and raising livestock, selling and purchasing food in local markets, or dealing with the nutritional needs of their households.
African women often assume this burden while laboring with key disadvantages due to long-standing gender roles that can limit their access to economic resources--both within their households and communities.
Most of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa is produced on small-scale family farms where, in many countries, 40 to 60 percent of farmers are women.
Yet these women often lack equal access to quality seeds, fertilizers, good land, credit, technical advice and new technologies
Most of the food consumed in SSA is produced on small-scale family farms where, in many countries, 40 to 60 percent of farmers are women.
Long before COVID-19, it was challenging for African women farmers to carve out time to get their goods to market, where the money they earn is often used to purchase additional food for their families.