NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Thursday called for
inclusion of women in agribusiness to help transform the
Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and
Irrigation, said that the countries should start
developing and implementing interventions to support
women in agribusiness with focus on the entire supply
and value chain in agriculture.
need to provide support to smallholders and women owned
micro enterprises to access opportunities to benefit
from the existing affirmative action policies,” he said
in Nairobi during the launch of ‘Value4Her’, a project
that is aimed at strengthening women’s agribusiness
enterprises in Africa.
noted that it is unfortunate that despite women’s role
in production, their engagement ends in the post
production stages of the agricultural supply chain where
the isolation of women in agribusiness for the
underperformance of agricultural sector in the
said that women farmers face more severe constraints
than men in accessing productive resources, markets and
services yet they are the mainstay of the sector.
unfortunate that women lack the resources and
opportunities they need to make the most productive use
of their time in agriculture production,” Kiunjuri said.
that women are capable of increasing yields on their
farms by about 20-30 percent if given the same access to
fertilizers, machinery and information as men and help
reduce food imports to the continent.
Hailu, the Director Technical Centre for Agricultural
and Rural Development Cooperation (CTA), said that the
modernization of agriculture can only be possible with
full participation of women.
that women are capable of succeeding once they come
together and demand for financial, favorable policies
and training on business skills.
“We have to
digitalize agriculture so that women farmers could
access tools and information online,” he added, noting
that the ‘Value4Her’ project is meant to give
opportunity for women in small agric-businesses.
that CTA has allocated 2 million Euros to allow women to
empower themselves in the next two years.