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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the aid funds for specific rural and agricultural projects in African countries is used to support projects orientated towards women.

Most aid projects benefit both women and men. Aid for African agriculture is likely to benefit women particularly because the majority of African farmers are women.We are trying to orient a number of existing projects so that they meet the particular needs of women more fully and are seeking to select new projects which meet this criterion. Changes in this direction will take time.