Over 400 women signed up to Africa’s first online platform for female agripreneurs, which was launched in Nairobi, during the 1st AWAN-Afrika Continental Conference & B2B Fair.
The platform dubbed, VALUE4HERConnect, will enable female agripreneurs to connect, network, and grow their businesses.
It is part of a program led by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) which aims to empower women in agriculture. Despite accounting for 40 per cent of the agricultural workforce worldwide, women’s participation in agribusiness is often limited to low-profit production.
“While women are key players in agriculture, they often face challenges at the business end,” said Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, Senior Programme Coordinator, Value Chains and Agribusiness at CTA.
“With VALUE4HERConnect, they now have access to buyers, to market information and intelligence, investment and capacity building opportunities, which will ultimately help them to form strategic partnerships towards accessing global markets for increased incomes,” added Bashuna.
The platform includes a Women2Women Community forum, which will allow women to interact, trade, share information such as country profiles, trade policies, and market entry requirements.
It will also help bring women entrepreneurs in agriculture together in a virtual community, serve as an important business resource for members, and provide Information on financing and opportunities for training.
The VALUE4HER Women in Agribusiness event was jointly organised by the African Women Agribusiness Network (AWAN), and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)see site under the theme of
“Enhancing women inclusion in agribusiness”. During the two-day event, women agripreneurs from 21 African countries, gathered for masterclasses, hackathons, and pitching opportunities, to showcase their businesses and try to secure regional and global business deals.
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