The city of Richard Toll (100 km north of Saint Louis) was the highlight of the visit of the director of UN Women in Senegal.
In front of more than 3,000 people from the Network of Women Farmers of the North, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted the progress of the agricultural sector in Senegal in terms of gender approach. The visit, which took place on 23 and 24 July, allowed the South African to meet Richard Toll’s operators in Matam.
Women provide 70% of the labor force and provide 80% of the harvest. Despite these results, women remain more or less discriminated against in access to land and bank credit. As a whole, Agriculture is the recipient of only 4% of bank loans to the economy.
The Strengthening Women in Agriculture Project is an initiative of Agrifed, a UN Women program that aims to support 30,000 women farmers in Senegal by 2021. Launched in 2017, this program has already supported 10,000 women in agriculture. opening of rice outlets, particularly in Dakar.