Proceedings of Conference of Women in Agriculture. Investing in African Women: Opening the Space for Agribusiness


The main aim of this Conference was to engage with various stakeholders on what is needed to open space for agribusiness in African smallholder women farmers. Specifically, the following were the objectives of the conference:

  • Policy dialogue to facilitate awareness raising, consultations and the exchange of perspectives among women in business, policy makers, agribusiness entrepreneurs, small holder farmers, experts and practitioners on integrating women in agribusiness at the national, regional and international levels;
  • To support the capacity building and empowerment of women in agriculture through the identification of appropriate policies, training needs and technologies, including ICT, essential to link women entrepreneurs to the market;
  • Review best practice – lessons and insights on functioning financing mechanisms which have made relevant provisions on aspects such as collateral, insurance, fiscal policies to ensure women access to investment financing;
  • Capacity building and training of smallholder African women and women entrepreneurs on key aspects of agribusiness including, agriculture value chain concepts and analysis, starting up of businesses, micro-financing, transformation technologies on products and marketing.