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Beatrice Gakuba

Director, AWAN

Director, AWAN

Beatrice Gakuba

Biography

Beatrice Gakuba is Director of the African Women Agribusiness Network (AWAN). She also runs a thriving agribusiness, Rwanda Flora, which exports roses to Europe.

Articles

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All communities are characterised by social norms, cultural values and spiritual beliefs that shape, define and set relational behaviours and standards. Unfortunately, women are often burdened by socio-cultural norms and values that have negative consequences – this is true of most communities in ACP countries. There is a strong case to review how these affect women’s engagement in agribusiness – and explore how social cultural factors and norms can be used to women’s advantage.

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Finance is key to accelerating African women’s agribusinesses, a necessary driver for their engagement in lucrative agricultural value chains. But many programmes aiming to facilitate women’s economic inclusion struggle to succeed. Two cases studies show how adopting a holistic approach can have more success in providing women agripreneurs with the financial services they need.

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