African Women Lose War Against Weeds

Published on 31st December 2013

An estimated 100 million African women spend over 20 billion hours of hard, manual labour to chop weeds from crop fields (Deltafarmpress.com; accessed November 21, 2013). The manual weed control efforts do not eradicate all weeds. According to Leoanard Gianessi of CropLife Foundation; despite spending 200 hours per hectare to remove weeds; farmers still lose 20 – 100 percent of potential yield to weeds.

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