Women are key actors in agricultural activities, but hardly benefit from high value businesses in agriculture. Supporting women to get into agribusinesses and to derive more incomes from agri-food markets is a sure way of increasing prosperity for Rural communities. Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, Senior Technical Adviser Value Chains & Agribusiness, presents CTA's new project, VALUE4HER, and shares CTA aspirations to see agribusinesses open up new frontiers of economic empowerment for women in ACP countries.
Women are key to ensuring food and nutrition security. They mainly manage the households – and have the power of deciding on food. By empowering them we can ensure that entire families and communities get a nutritious diet. Nutrition is a major challenge in the Pacific, a unique but diverse region that now largely relies on food imports and less on nutritious local foods. In this video, Judith Ann Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science & Technology Policy, and project leader of "Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands”, explains how CTA empowers women.
Climate-smart agriculture practices are helping to counter the devastating conditions faced by farmers in Africa in recent years. Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba is Programme Manager for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), a longstanding CTA partner. She explains how women are at the forefront of farmers’ efforts to build resilience to climate change.
Convinced of the need for her native Trinidad to diversify its economy, Laura Superville was keen to set up a business based on local produce. The result is a range of wines based on the aroma and taste of tropical fruits, which has opened up a new career path for this young agripreneur, as well as job opportunities for other members of the community.
Women represent a large percentage of the world’s agricultural workforce and as such, it is critical that they participate more in the digital and open data revolution. Often they lack the skills necessary to access, use and share data to address food security and nutrition challenges. In this videoChipo Msengezi, CTA Coordinator, explains what activities are taking place within the GODAN Action Project to reverse this trend.
Rural households in Samoa are being connected to income streams by adding value to local products and marketing via the Internet. Adimaimalaga Tafunai, Executive Director of Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), explains how linking indigenous traditions to ICT tools is helping to improve smallholder livelihoods and stem the rural exodus.