Call to target women farmers’ structural disadvantages to improve food security in Cameroon

July 30, 2021 | Yaoundé, Cameroon

A team of local PEP researchers organised a national policy conference to call for policies targeting women farmers’ structural disadvantages to reduce the gender productivity gap and improve food security in Cameroon.

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July 30, 2021 – A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to share their recommendations for reducing the gender productivity gap among smallholders in Cameroon.

The team brought together 17 policy stakeholders and advisors, academics and representatives of civil society and the media. The key policy stakeholders in attendance were representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Land Planning (MINEPAT).

The PEP team presented findings and recommendations from their PEP project investigating the gender gap in smallholder agriculture productivity in Cameroon, and particularly how it relates to food security. See PEP Policy Brief 241 for policy analysis and recommendations.

The team explained that policies to mitigate women’s structural disadvantages can reduce the gender productivity gap among smallholders. Closing this gap is vital for improving food security in the country. They recommended specific actions including reducing the cost of fertilizer, increasing women’s access to cultivated land, and offering training to improve the level of education for smallholders.

Journalists from the Cameroon Tribune—a national newspaper—and the radio station Triumph FM reported on the event, raising the profile of the team’s results and recommendations among the general public.

The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP. 

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