"Women feed Africa" but have low access to land

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Two women grind rice outside a water pump station in the area of Koroyomme, Timbuktu. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Women are the main producers of food in Africa but continue to have problems accessing land that is typically owned by men; that's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

On Wednesday, the UN agency is launching a partnership with ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, which is focusing on addressing gender disparities in the agriculture sector.

Tacko Ndiaye is a senior gender officer at FAO based in Accra, Ghana.

She's in New York for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Tsigue Shiferaw asked her why there is a need to empower women in agriculture.

Duration: 3'44"

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