Africa: Empower women and girls for a food secure future !!!

The United Nations Development Programme released a report regarding hunger and malnutrition in Africa. How can they significantly be reduced? Helen Clark (UNDP administrator) says after meeting Kenyan women: « I think across Africa a big answer to fighting hunger and food shortages is empowering women farmers »; because indeed women are most are risk of forfeiting their own land rights. The report points out that « Where women have less power than men do, nutrition suffers, household security weakens and access to healthcare lags ». Women and girls all over Africa need to get more power, more rights to increase their voce in political and social matters to be able to stand up!  The report also emphasizes that improvements in education for women from 1970-1995 have been a great help in the fight against child malnutrition. 

Through this UNDP’s first-ever Africa Human Development Report, it appears that women have lower productivity than men. This « inferiority » is explained by the fact that women do not have the same education level, the same access to education and the same experience. Whereas if women could have farm inputs and training, then their productivity could catch up to men’s. The report argues that there is « plenty of evidence » showing that « empowering women is a highly efficient way to achieve progress across the multiple dimensions of food security ». 

According to Peace Nobel laureate, Wangari Maathai, the report says, « African women in general need to know that it’s ok for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence. »