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But Amri’s story will only become a reality if we mainstream gender in improving access to finance, increase female participation in local farming bodies, provide climate resilience training for female farmers and advocate for legislation promoting female ownership. Only when women have the same access to benefits as men will Africa’s food security increase and the poverty gap close.

Yet international development funding for agricultural programmes has decreased and gender is rarely discussed. This must be urgently reversed. 70% of Africa’s agricultural workforce depends on it.

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cotton seeds. With additional funds from cotton sales she will manage to pay the education fees for her two children.

Adam Smith International is designing and implementing the Climate Smart Agriculture Programme (CSAP) on behalf of the UK’s Department for International Development. CSAP will catalyse climate resilience and food security for vulnerable African communities focusing on women farmers and benefiting over two million people.

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Closing the Gender Gap