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Women in African agriculture

A damning insight into gender equality sees no recent progression in the UK's efforts to close the gender gap. According to the 2017 Gender Equality Index, despite ranking highly, compared with other European countries, the UK hasn't actually improved in the last decade.

It is unthinkable that one of the poorest continents in the world could have some lessons that the UK would do well to learn. Yet, whilst Africa is far behind the UK and Europe in terms of the way women are treated, the winds of change are blowing there. The Africa Human Development Report 2016 shows that gender equality is recognised to be an issue, and, encouragingly, that an agenda for action has been proposed. Given the shockingly poor starting point, it will take a long time for women in Africa to enjoy the same treatment as those closer to home, but it is encouraging that any action at all is taking place on a continent where the most basic human rights for either sex have long been a very low...

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