For a very long time, there has been a major stereotype that Agriculture and agric-businesses are generally run and controlled by men. So people assume especially in Africa that farming is basically for men; men farm, women cook. But this is farther from the truth, women, on the average, comprise 80% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries and account for an estimated two-thirds of the world’s 600 million livestock production.
Women are the backbone of the rural economy. Evidence indicates that if these women had the same access to productive resources, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 to 30 per cent, raising total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 per cent. In turn, this would reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12 to 17 per cent.
According to statistics, women comprise just over 40 percent of the agricultural labour force in the developing world, a figure that has risen slightly since 1980 and ranges from about 20 percent in the Americas to almost 50 percent in Africa.
From the above, it is still quite surprising that people still assume that women do not contribute to agriculture. Different studies have shown that women contribute as much (if not more than) men.
In conclusion, it is imperative to state that agriculture is not gender specific; men and women are both actively involved in the production of food all over the world.