NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Thursday called for inclusion of women
in agribusiness to help transform the continent’s economy.
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.
“There is 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.
Kiunjuri 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 they disappear.
He blamed the
isolation of women in agribusiness for the underperformance of
agricultural sector in the developing countries.
Kiunjuri 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.
“It is unfortunate
that women lack the resources and opportunities they need to
make the most productive use of their time in agriculture
production,” Kiunjuri said.
He noted 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
Michael 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.
Hailu said that
women are capable of succeeding once they come together and
demand for financial, favorable policies and training on
“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
He revealed that CTA
has allocated 2 million Euros to allow women to empower
themselves in the next two years.