Robynne Anderson's Emerging Thoughts on Ag

Women’s Work is Never Done

The saying that women’s work is never done has never been shown to be as true as in the case of women farmers. African women do 80% of the farm work – including collecting water and firewood, preparing and cooking meals, processing and storing food and making household purchases. A study in Africa found that over the course of year, women carried the equivalent of more than 80 tonnes of fuel, water and farm produce for a distance of 1 km – mostly on their heads and backs. Some say this is equal to 2/3rds of the rural transport in sub-Saharan Africa.