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Women SMEs and COVID-19: AGRA Survey Report

As countries in Africa continue to take measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19, women in agriculture are disproportionately affected by the measures than men. The pandemic is exacerbating existing structural economic, social, and technological inequalities that women face as they struggle to perform their multiple roles in society. These inequalities undermine women’s capacity to respond and recover from the disruptions that result from measures of the pandemic. The disruptions not only affect their livelihoods and agri-business enterprises, but also increase women’s workloads, threaten their families’ wellbeing, and increase incidences of gender-based violence.