Dispelling common myths about agriculture

Mark Musumba, post-doctoral research fellow, attended a workshop in Washington DC titled “Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths.” The project, which is run by the World Bank, tests the validity of 15 commonly held beliefs around African agriculture using Living Standard Measurement Study survey data.  The data dispelled some common myths. For example, preliminary results indicated that, on average, men in Africa participate in farming responsibilities more than previously thought.  It is commonly cited that women are responsible for 60-80 percent of agricultural labor. In fact, preliminary results indicate a 40 percent average across six countries with the highest level at 56 percent in Uganda.  You can access the presentations and information on the project at http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/africa-myths-and-facts

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