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Guides: Poverty in Africa

Last Updated: Thursday June 09 2005 15:33 GMT

Land ownership

A woman farming in Zimbabwe
In Africa, women do most of the work on the farms but they only own two per cent of the land.

All the land is held in a man's name.

That means if a woman's husband dies, she can be forced off the land by his nearest male relative.

In Africa, few women have been to school. Without an education, they can find it difficult to buy basic tools, seeds and fertilizer.

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