Access Bank Plc Chairman, Ms. Dere Awosika, said giving women the same access to productive resources as men could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%, increasing total agricultural production in different countries from 2.5 to 4%. .
Furthermore, she said, if they had equal access, women would reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17%.
Speaking at the Women Directors Development Committee (WDDC) webinar hosted by the WDDC of Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, she explained that gender inequality is a major cause and effect of hunger and poverty. poverty, saying that according to the World Food Program (WFP), an estimated 60% of chronically hungry people are women and girls.
She added that almost 70% of employed women in South Asia work in agriculture, as do more than 60% of employed women in sub-Saharan Africa.
“This underscores the importance of developing policies and programs that respond to their needs, interests and constraints,” she advised.
She further explained that less than 20% of landowners in the world are women, stating that women make up less than 5% of all agricultural landowners in North Africa and West Asia, while in sub-Saharan Africa, they represent an average of 15 per cent.
Also speaking, WDDC Chairperson, Ms. Debola Osibogun, said the program is a key feature of the executive coaching program launched by WDDC of IoD Nigeria to create a platform for learning, empowerment and development for women leaders from all walks of life. the life.
She pointed out that the core mandate of the Women Directors Development Committee of IoD Nigeria is to promote the development of women leaders.
“We are charged with being at the forefront of advocacy programs for women leaders, that is, developing, executing and promoting programs that would empower women leaders and enable them to acquire the knowledge and the skills to compete effectively in leadership,” she said. .