Women activists have rejected a new United Nations’ report that suggests Ugandan men are more productive in agriculture than women.
The report launched yesterday by UN Women and United Nations Development Programme, indicates that in Uganda, 27% of plots and 20% of all cultivated land is under the sole management of women.
The remaining 73% of plots and 80%of all cultivated land is managed either by women and men or solely by men.
It further estimates that men’s productivity stands at 70% against women’s 30%.
However, according to Rose Othieno, the Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution, while it is true that men own most of the land, it is women who do the actual cultivation and after harvesting, the men sell the produce, taking all the productivity credit.
The report is titled: “Cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi”.
Story By Stephen Otage