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Africa's GDP is now growing faster than that of any other continent.As Joyce's story demonstrates, agriculture is crucial to the future of Africa.Joyce Sandir's story is relevant for another reason, too. She is important to Africa's future not only because she is a farmer, but also because she is a woman.What I am now learning is that if Africa hopes to spark an agricultural transformation, countries will first need to remove one of the main barriers holding the agricultural sector back, namely a pervasive gender gap.This gap is not about the number of women who are farmers. In fact, roughly half of Africa's farmers happen to be women. Across the continent, farms controlled by women tend to produce less per hectare than the farms that are controlled by men.If Africa's agricultural sector is to achieve its promise – and if Africa's economic growth is to continue – policymakers should take into account the needs of farmers such Joyce Sandir.
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