The role of women in urban food security in Ziguinchor (Senegal)

Special report: Women and food sovereignty: resilience, autonomy and inventiveness
By Sécou O. Diédhiou

The study focuses on the role of women in ensuring the development of the production of food products in the food area constituted in and around the city of Ziguinchor in Senegal. If men predominate as heads of household, this observation is partly reversed in this city of Casamance where women are actors in the development of urban agriculture, particularly market gardening, rice growing, exploitation and cashew nut processing. The rice and vegetables produced on their own are sufficient to meet the food needs of their families. The monetary income generated by sales is significant. However, they were significantly amputated during the pandemic from 2020 to 2022.

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