Thursday, 18 August 2011


WOMEN account for 75 percent of the agricultural producers
in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers are living on only $1.25per day, Worldwatch Institute researchers have revealed.
In a recently released report, “State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet”, Institute's Nourishing the Planet project director Danielle Nierenberg observed that lack of access to information technology and the inability to connect rural enterprises to banks can prevent women from obtaining vital financial services.
Institute's Nourishing the Planet project is a two-year evaluation of environmentally sustainable agricultural innovations to alleviate hunger.
"Access to credit, which provides women farmers with productive inputs and improved technologies, can be an effective tool in improving livelihoods in Africa and beyond," said Worldwatch Institute's executive director Robert Engelman.
According to a report, the Worldwatch researchers traveled to 25 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to meet with more than 350 farmers groups, NGOs, government agencies, and scientists, highlighting innovations, such as better extension and communication services, that are helping farmers improve their livelihoods.

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