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Leah Njeri

Gender and policy advisor, SNV Kenya

Gender and policy advisor, SNV Kenya

Leah Njeri

Biography

Leah Njeri is Gender and Policy Advisor at SNV Kenya, in the Enhancing Enterprise for Women Economic Empowerment (EOWE) Programme. She works with smallholder women farmers, with a focus on increasing their voice in the market place and at the policy table.

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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