African Women and Food Security


Natural disasters and climate change are heightening global concerns about food security. At the same time, there is global acknowledgment that achieving food security by 2020 must involve Africa with its vast unused farmland acreage. African agriculture will be dramatically more productive if the underutilized potential of women is tapped. Bridges proposes to work with women to increase food production by linking land titling, extension services and new farming techniques adapted to climate change to contribute to the ultimate goal of global food security.

Putting African Agriculture at the Apex

Ms. Vivian Lowery Derryck

Preoccupation with the troubled transitions in The Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, and Zimbabwe has overshadowed a looming crisis and potential development bonanza rolled into one: agriculture. Agriculture, the basis of most African economies, provides over 50 percent of employment. With 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, the continent holds a key to global food security by 2050.

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