A new study released on Tuesday 14 December 2021 upsets spasms in the value of agricultural crops by uniting female and male farmers.
In Rwanda, the gender gap in agricultural productivity was found to be about 12%, indicating that on average female-managed farms are 12% less productive than male-managed, the study says.
The findings were presented as part of a UN study on agricultural productivity in Rwanda among female and poorly managed farms.
The estimate also revealed that closing the gender gap in agricultural products would result in an increase in GDP of US$418.6 and the number of 238,000 people in Rwanda from poverty per year over a 10-year period could be alleviated if gender gaps in agricultural productivity were closed.
National GDP Accounts 2017: Agriculture contributes 31% of Rwanda GDP. It accounts for more than 65% of the national market force and up to 80% of women’s employment.
The 2018 EICV5 shows 63% of working females are in agriculture, with 43% working among males.
In-depth assessment, according to John Mutamba, a lead expert who presented the findings pertaining to the companies at the Lemigo Hotel, “the percentage of people who study solo subsistence agriculture is higher among females than males, where 65.7% for females and 53% for males Only in subsistence agriculture (National Gender Statistics Report, 2019, NISR).
Accounts? Reliance on traditional agricultural methods, dependence on rain-fed agriculture, agricultural plots that are very small and scattered for commercial production and gender inequalities in access and utilization of technological inputs.
The study also says that 3.5% of female capital land was watered in 2016/2017 down from 2.6% in 2013/2014 while male households’ 7% land was watered by 4.4% at the same time.
In fact, agriculture is a central part of the national economy and contributes to the employment and livelihood of the majority of Rwandani.
Even though the Rwandan government is committed to generating equality and equity and sustaining equal development, statistics still show that there are a lot of gender inequalities.
The aim of this assignment, according to Mutamba, was to assess the development and underlying challenges that affect the implementation of the Gendi National Youth Agriculture Strategy.
Mutamba said an assessment has been made with the overall goal of setting a baseline against which more gender-responsive design, programming, monitoring and advocacy can be established.
Dr. Jean-Chrysostomhe Ngabitsinze, Minister of State for the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), who presided over the liaison for uncovering studies, acknowledged the gaps in the information provided in the report. But he said the government is aware of these worries and already has mechanisms to address.
“We have existing mechanisms to solve these challenges, with only the remaining part building capacity for everyone to implement,” he said.
Fatou Lo, the UN Women’s Representative who took part in the report, said the study did not highlight anything new, but faced another challenge that women around the world face, and not only Rwanda.
“The findings and recommendations are abysmal,” said Taarifa. “They talk about many and varied issues, including implementation, design, and most importantly, the lessons they learn.”
“We can do better, we can get more and pay more,” Fatou Lo said.
His photos are shared brilliantly across the board: “The biggest gap in all of this is the lack of a mission. The challenge is still to demonstrate who the author is and who is to be blamed,” he said, adding from the report’s recommendations, he was concerned at the very least.
As a matter of fact, according to Mutamba, organizations like MINAGRI should have staff that can perform especially for those with breast cancer.