Gender and Equity Compact for the Agriculture Sector

Authors/editor(s): Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and UN Women

As Uganda strives to become a middle-income country by 2020, agriculture remains the backbone of Uganda’s economy. The sector contributed to approximately 23% of annual GDP in 2014, while constituting 57.2% of the total exports of Uganda. Furthermore, the agriculture sector continues to employ 72% of the total labor force, 77% of whom are women, and of which 63% are youth. The Compact emphasizes equitable and inclusive access to land, extension services, finance, technologies and agricultural infrastructure addressing discrimination and exclusion that women, girls, older persons, youth, persons with disabilities, people living in hard-to-reach areas and other marginalized groups face in agricultural production. Promoting equal access and opportunities for all segments of the population to these resources and services, as well as connecting them to local, national, regional and international markets is critical for sustainable development and inclusive economic growth.

 

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; Uganda

UN Women office involved in publication: East and Southern Africa Regional Office; Uganda Country Office

Publication year: 2018

Number of pages: 33

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)