FAO expert calls for empowering African women agricultural workers

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Women farmers plow their fields in preparation to plant corn in Gnoungouya Village, Guinea. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez

The women who feed the African continent are "thirsty for change" and "aspiring for a better future," according to a senior gender officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO).

Tacko Ndiaye says her agency is helping to empower Africa's women agricultural workers, for example by providing them with labour-saving technologies, climate-smart farming techniques, and the tools to get their goods to market.

Ms Ndiaye, who is based at FAO's regional office in Ghana, is in New York for the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women which runs through Friday.

She told Dianne Penn why enforcing gender equality and women's empowerment is a "smart shortcut" for sustainable development in Africa.

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