Women across the continent experience lower employment in agriculture and 20-30% lower yields than men. In addition, women-led agri-SMEs experience 20-34% lower business profitability versus male-led agri-SMEs. Likewise, despite their growing share of most sub-Saharan African populations, youth participation in agriculture is low. For example, in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, just 2% of youth are engaged in agriculture.
AGRA adopts an intentional approach to inclusivity, systematically identifying and tackling gendered constraints and intentionally investing in the performance and potential of women-led farms and businesses, as well as the entrepreneurial and employment capacity of youth in agriculture.