Allocating land to women: An asset for the Congolese economy

DRC women farmers

Gender inequalities are prevalent in the Congolese labour market and hamper sustainable development. The DRC's heavy dependence on the mining sector is likely to exacerbate these inequalities. Promoting economic diversification is essential for reducing gender inequalities, reducing poverty, and improving living standards in the DRC. A team of local researchers found that increasing women’s land allocation by 40% would increase the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP and thus promote economic diversification. It would also increase rural women’s income and reduce gender inequality. Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
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