Most smallholder farmers in AFRICA are men and women, out of which the youth component involved is low. Africa is the continent where an average of 62% of economically active women work in agriculture and play a key role in food production and provision for their households (AfDB, 2015). Although they contribute highly to agriculture, food production and processing, and rural economies in general, female farmers produce less than their male counterparts (FAO, 2011).

Women own less than 2 percent of the world’s land with a mere 10 percent of agricultural credit access. The gender gap in agriculture generally lies with limited access and control over innovative agricultural technologies, extension services, education, financial services, and rural employment in which men have more access, control, and ownership than women. The gender gap lies particularly with female limited participation in agricultural research and development policies, interventions, and decision-making, as well as their underrepresentation in outstanding farmers’ organizations. This gap also heightened by the assumption that men and women are homogenous groups with similar needs.



Promoting gender-responsive agricultural technologies for a prosperous, food and nutrition secure Africa.


To enhance equitable access, control and ownership to opportunities and innovative agricultural technologies by women, men, youth and underprivileged to transform livelihoods and improve their incomes, food, and nutrition security in Africa.


All actors in the agricultural value chain sector.


Women Empowerment

AATF contributes to reduction of the gender gap in agriculture by broadening agricultural opportunities equally and fairly for all women and men. This includes promotion of gender equity and equality in access, control and ownership of agricultural assets, technologies, services, products, income, and markets to enhance food security and poverty reduction in Africa. Special focus is given to women and young people who are the future of Africa’s agriculture sector to attract and retain them in agriculture.

AATF supports initiatives to promote inclusion of both men and women’s access to new and labour-saving agricultural technologies to boost production, including innovative technologies aimed at supporting climate-smart agricultural approaches that build resilience to climatic and socioeconomic shocks.

AATF promotes gender equality and empowerment across Africa by learning best practices from institutions with local and global footprint while documenting its own experience for future references. AATF emphasizes producing information on skills building in agribusiness, taking stock of men and women’s entrepreneurship, building their financial literacy, defining innovative measures to link agricultural technology development with the market needs.

Youth in Agribusiness & Smart Agriculture

Enhancing agriculture through youth engagement is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their countries, communities, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

AATF youth incubation programme aims to enhance the technical and professional skills of the youth to ensure that they contribute meaningfully towards agricultural transformation. Entrepreneurship opportunities along the agro-value chain are immense and the youth need to be mentored in business and technical skills. 

Youth economic empowerment and the improvement of the status of young people in agriculture is central to the implementation of AATF strategic objectives and for transformative agricultural development in Africa.


AATF’ s overall governance and management system and agricultural research agenda incorporates gender responsiveness at all stages of design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Mainstreaming gender within the institution, creating opportunities all men and women and favourable work environment depending on need and gender.

AATF supports women, men, youth and the underprivileged get equal access, control and ownership of agricultural resources, technologies, products, infrastructure, services, and markets in the agriculture sector.

AATF continues to generate gender disaggregated data based on different forms of intersectionality components e.g., sex, age, marital status among others as evidence base to closing the gender gap in agricultural development and commercialisation to achieve AATF’ s mandate.

Generation of knowledge and addressing the needs, priorities and expectations of men, women, and youth in all AATF operations.



Formative Assessment on Nutrition Behaviours of Smallholder Cowpea Farmers in Nigeria

Millicent Sedi

CCP Lead

AATF is committed to gender and youth mainstreaming within the institution, its programs, projects, and activities by developing and implementing gender and youth mainstreaming strategy. The focus of AATF gender mainstreaming strategy is to provide innovative and inclusive approaches, that recognises that people are heterogenous, their needs, way of doing business are different and thus they need to be treated differently when working with them.

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