RURAL WOMEN AND YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE
Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. They comprise 43% of the world's agricultural labor force, which rises to 70% in some countries. In Africa, 80% of the agricultural production comes from small farmers, who are mostly rural women. Women comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in the agricultural sector - 80% of food producers, 10% of those who process basic foodstuffs. They undertake 60 to 90% of the rural marketing; but do not have access or control over land and other productive resources. The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation is committed to improving the lives of women and children in local communities through Training on income generating activities, small grants to women groups to facilitate and stimulate agricultural activities in rural areas. The Foundation also provides capacity building through training and professional opportunities so women professionals in agriculture and natural resource management sectors become effective "change agents" for gender equality.