In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of “Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development”, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

Watermelon Farming is a money maker in Agriculture. Ask 28-year-old Kenyan Farmer, Annie Nyaga, 02/05/2016

A number of factors contribute towards turning an individual into an entrepreneur; passion, unemployment, underemployment, or the urge to make additional cash. But only the right kind of business, along with a number of other elements will make you a successful entrepreneur. Watermelon farming is one of such businesses, the kind that will rake in the cash. 28-year-old Annie Nyaga quit her job of six months as a purchasing assistant in Nairobi, Kenya, to become a watermelon farmer, which according to her, has brought her great joy. “I do not know how I would be fairing now if I had stuck to my purchasing job. Going into farming was a good decision,” she told the Saturday Nation, a Kenyan newspaper.

African Women in Agribusiness Resolve to Take Action, 13/11/2015

Women as key producers of food for African households will no longer cry, Estherine Fotabong assured a conference for women in agribusiness in Durban last week. “Now is the time to take action!”As the Director of Programs with the New Partnership for African Development, NEPAD, Fotabong opened the Durban International Conference on a high note. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by world governments September 25 at the landmark Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York. The historic new agenda, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” was agreed by the UN’s 193 Member States.She focused on the theme of the conference, “Women in entrepreneurial development: A Must for Success of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.”

European Parliament Analysis & Study for the International Day of Rural Women 2015, 10-2015

The International Day of Rural Women was celebrated for the first time in 2008. Based on UN resolution 62/136 it recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” In this sense, the Workshop provides an overview of the situation of rural women in Europe and their crucial role in sustainable rural development. It informs about women’s engagement in employment, decision – making and rural lives more  generally as well as on how to close the gap between men and women  regarding equal access to resources and business opportunities. In this respect,  the role of funding from the CAP for rural women is also analysed.

EU: Empowering women farmers in developing countries, 14/09/2015

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security together, through innovation and sustainable farming practices. In Europe “family farms” refers to agricultural holdings where most or all family members, including women, will contribute in a variety of vital ways. The Commission is putting its money into supporting sustainable farming practices in developing countries, focusing on smallholder agriculture and women farmers, the formation of farmers’ organisations, the supply and marketing chain, and responsible private agribusiness investment. In this regard, targeting women has been a particular priority, given their traditionally central role in smallholdings. Empowering women to play central roles in all areas of agricultural production is absolutely crucial if developing countries are to achieve their full potential in the agri-food sector.

Empowerment of African women through participation in agricultural value chains, 27/09/2015

The African Developemnt Bank launched a new report, which unveils a new plan to empower African Women in Agriculture. The report highlights five major constraints that limit women’s productivity and inclusion into the agricultural economy: (i) lack of access to assets; (ii) lack of access to financing; (iii)  limited training; (iv) gender-neutral government policy; (v) time constraints due to domestic responsibilities. It also highlights three broad areas for action that could begin to address the specific constraints women face in each focus country: (i) Grow the number of large-scale agribusiness entrepreneurs by providing access to financing and training, and improving regional and global market links; (ii) Make sure women are remunerated by setting them up as co-owners, improving productivity, and providing training in core business skills; (iii) Increase women’s access to niche markets by producing and marketing women-only products.