Submitted by Janet C. Achora on Tuesday, 8th November, 2011 — Blog entry
The FAO estimates that women produce over 50 percent of all food grown worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa, women grow 80-90 percent of the food. The post harvest handling is predominantly the women and girls work. Children as young as 5 to 6 years old are involved in post harvesting- taking out the produce for drying, bringing it in etc. in whatever condition.
In their statement on food security, The G8 group of countries committed to US$10 billion to support food aid, nutrition interventions, social protectionactivities and measures to increase agricultural output in affected countries.
They committed to:
- look for opportunities to help build up local agriculture by promoting local purchase of food aid;
- reverse the overall decline of aid and investment in the agricultural sector; promote agricultural research and development;
- develop food security early warning systems;
- ensure the compatibility of policies for the sustainable production and use of biofuels with food security; and to
- achieve significant increases in support of developing country initiatives, including - in Africa - through full and effective implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) amongst other commitments.
The questions we need to be asking ourselves as practitioner is?
- Have we ever considered who really handles the post harvest at household level?
- When training in agricultural techniques at extension level, do we ever consider that these little farmers need the techniques as well?
- And finally to what extent does the domestic economic and social policies ,food, agricultural and rural development policies take this kind of reality into consideration?
Gelb, Alan. “Gender and Growth: Africa’s Missed Potential.” Development Outreach. World Bank Institute, September 2001.
“Rural women and the right to food.” The Right to Food in Theory and Practice. FAO, 1998. http://www.fao.org/docrep... (accessed August 2nd 2008).