Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture: Overcoming the data divide

Mar 30 2021

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 and Open Data Day 2021, GODAN and Unique Mappers teamed up to present an event bringing together these two important topics and exploring gender equality in data technologies in West Africa.

Despite women making up around 50% of the agricultural workforce in the ACP region, the gender gap in relation to access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) continues to grow, making it particularly difficult for women to access important information, financial products and markets.

The digital transformation of the agricultural sector, through the proliferation of digital technologies, tools and services has only served to exacerbate pre-existing inequalities. While challenges such as access to education, access to financial services, connectivity, availability of electricity and cost of essential services only serve to widen the gender data gap.

Empowerment of women would not only empower individuals, increasing their earnings; but would also serve to empower families and entire farming communities, and partnership is a key factor to effectuating that change.

Source: GODAN