Security of Access to Land for African Women Farmers
Experts report that while women in Africa contribute 70 per cent of food production, they often lack rights to land. As a result, donors like Canada, have been encouraged to consider and address land-related issues in their development policy, programme and research initatives given their critical role in women's empowerment. UN agencies such as FAO, UN Women and the UN Development Fund are also working with non-governmental organizations to raise awareness among women of their rights and to support efforts to entrench equality in access in national laws.
Dr. Mike Taylor, Director for the ILC in Rome, will offer greater insight on how gender-sensitive land policies have translated to real progress for women's land rights in Africa, while the rest of the panel will offer their perspectives on how to increase women's security of acess to land and what role Canada as a donor plays in that regard.