Kenya has set a small, but great, example of how governments on the African continent can empower women to realise the immense potential of agriculture on the continent.
The government of Kenya recently launched an affirmative action policy to preferentially award 30 percent of government ministry tenders to women-owned businesses in each sector, including agriculture. The goal is to strengthen women-led businesses and break barriers for women in agri-businesses and other businesses.
Such policies and efforts are needed, particularly in agriculture. Overall, women are major stakeholders in the agricultural value chain. Yet, women venturing in agribusinesses continue to face many barriers, including having less access to: land, agricultural markets, recent innovations in farming technologies, agricultural inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, credit and training. Read more