Women in Agribusness Proceeding Report

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The need to fully support African women smallholder farmers to not only improve their production but also engage in effective and successful agribusiness activities that will benefit them economically and socially is imperative.

Realising that women’s roles along the value chain are limited mostly to primary production and small-scale marketing of produce; without being integrated comprehensively into other sectors of the value chain, including high value activities like commercial processing, logistic management, retailing and linkages to international market, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) with financial support from NORAD conducted the Conference for Women in Agriculture whose theme was “Investing in African Women: Opening the Space for Agribusiness.” The Conference took place from the 9th to the 10th of October, 2014 at the International Conference Center (ICC) in Durban, Republic of South Africa. The main aim of the Conference was to engage with various stakeholders on what is needed to open space for agribusiness in African smallholder women farmers.

The Conference ended with a ‘call to Action’ urging the NEPAD Agency and other relevant institutions to work with African Governments, women groups and other stakeholders to support Agri-business activities including facilitation of organisational development for women agribusiness entities.

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