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Bridging the gap

Women, as producers of the majority of food in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, are the guardians of food security.

The transformation of agriculture to achieve greater food and nutrition security in ACP countries can only be realised if women gain full access to the resources that can increase smallholder productivity and incomes.

Enabling greater access to digital technologies for women and bridging this digital divide are crucial steps to achieving Zero Hunger.

VALUE4HER: Networking to Empower Women in Business

Meet Jane Maigua, Managing Director of Exotic EPZ Ltd in Kenya. Jane is the winner of the #VALUE4HER Agripreneur Award. Through her company, she supports macadamia nuts smallholder farmers and employs members of the local community. Thanks to the VALUE4HER project, she met other women working in agribusiness and was able to link up with them for future collaboration. Good news for the farmers: Jane Maigua has ambitious plans, she wants to scale up the production capacity of her company and therefore export more.

CTA EMPOWERS RURAL WOMEN

Gender View all in Gender

Women farmers and agripreneurs must take action to influence global development agendas

Throughout history, women have made gains in control of their selves, assets and visibility in a male dominated world, and then lost them. In those moments, like Penelope waiting for Ulysses, women unpicked and restitched the tapestry of their lives. We could be facing another of those unstitching moments right now, as women's roles and aspirations are being challenged in many arenas. It is time to recast and restitch.


Africa’s first online network for women entrepreneurs in agribusiness launched in Nairobi


Digital networking boosts financial prospects for women agripreneurs


Delivering ‘bundles’ of services offers boost to women agripreneurs

Bridging the gender gap View all in Bridging the gender gap

Gender equality: Ag-tech’s potential to boost women’s empowerment

Digital technologies are revolutionising agricultural value chains, providing improved access to inputs, finance, markets and weather information. With the right policies and programmes in place, agricultural digitalisation has the potential to facilitate women’s economic empowerment.


Irene Ochem: Using technology to bridge the gender gaps in agribusiness


Uganda: Lawyers go digital to reach women farmers


Ghana: Digital vaccine delivery service

Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture View all in Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture

Overcoming the divide on women and digitalisation in agriculture

Research and statistics state that women constitute around 40% of the agricultural labour force in the ACP region and while they make essential contributions to rural economies and the growing advancements in digitalisation – the gender gap in access to information communication technologies (ICTs) continue to widen. This means women farmers, particularly in rural areas, experience difficulties accessing information, financial products and services and markets. They also often do not participate in relevant policy-making.


Women leadership at the head of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organisation: the Integrated Rural Development Strategy


The gender and open data intersection


Increasing income and productivity by empowering women farmers’ access to information

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Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture

Women’s agribusiness access index

Breaking barriers of access to land for women

Women Driving Agricultural Innovation