The Cost of the Gender gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda

United Nations Environment Programme ; United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) ; World Bank (2015)

The report provides a unique quantification of the costs in terms of lost growth opportunities and an estimate of what societies, economies, and communities would gain if the gender gap in agriculture is addressed. The findings of this report are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Africa as well as development partners that closing the gender gap is smart economics. Consider this: closing the gender gap in agricultural productivity could potentially lift as many as 238,000 people out of poverty in Malawi, 80,000 people in Tanzania, and 119,000 people in Uganda.

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