In Africa, the role of most women is to feed their families and raise the children. This largely shows how the other talents of women of this big continent are neglected. In other words they are not given the opportunity, respect and value they are worthy of.
Women do a lot of the jobs in farming with rudimentary tolls with a focus on products that have little commercial interest. When women are farming, they spend most of the day in their fields and only come back home very late, often very tired. Though they are very much involved in some areas of agriculture, when there are opportunities for agricultural training in their villages, oftentimes only men attend because they are the only ones who are invited. The role of women on this continent is fundamentally guardians of the diversity of the crop of the world or the protectors of the planet’s farming biodiversity. From the time the activities of agriculture started, women have been always involved in domesticating animals for the very precious link in the food chain. As a matter of fact, women were always interested in selecting the seeds to sow and those which are good for conservation.
In the western countries, development carries different meaning; it is considered as very different from the African view. There, they use modern tools, which helps them to produce crop of higher quality that is very competitive on the wsorld market. Mostly men are involved in agriculture here, which is quite different from what Africans do.
In the context of Africa,, development is considered as totally narrowed since it is defined as purely economic terms excluding the real sense of sustainable development. Special attention should be put on the concept of sustainable development because this refers to the maintenance of indispensable environmental development, the safeguarding of species and sustainable consumption and exploitation of natural resources.
If Africa could equip her women with modern tools, training and updated notions in agriculture and that both men and women do participate actively in farming, hunger would not have reached the level that it has in Africa and the victims of this calamity today. Rudimentary agriculture can never adequately develop a continent because it does not even satisfy the needs in food of the grassroots in the village.