By Linda Manda, Sector Head of Agribusiness, Corporate and Investment Banking, at Standard Bank

The now-operational African Continental Free-trade Area (AfCFTA) provides policymakers with a new opportunity to empower women farmers, promote gender equality, increase productivity and ensure food security across the continent.

Following a short delay due to COVID-19, the trading bloc came into effect at the start of 2021. By removing tariffs on goods trade...