At AGRA, we believe in agricultural transformation that is driven by participation of all actors, that is informed by understanding of and being responsive to the needs of women, youth and small holder farmers; that ensures equity in conferment of benefits; and enhances accountability for shared prosperity.

AGRA’s gender and inclusion work emanates from our conviction that agriculture holds the most promising pathway to inclusive growth and poverty reduction, through increased productivity and incomes, generating new jobs and wealth for all and sustainable inclusive practices.

But this is only possible when:

  • Women farmers have the resources they need to be more productive, unhindered by gender and social norms, market entry barriers and other institutional impediments
  • Women and youth entrepreneurs equitably access business development resources and markets so that they can grow their agribusinesses
  • The disadvantaged small holder farmers and other food poor communities’ voices inform policy, strategies and practices and that there is accountability for shared prosperity

The objectives of AGRA’s gender and inclusion work are three-fold

1
Enhancing women’s equitable access to agricultural resources and share of benefits from agricultural transformation in Africa through AGRA’s Gender in Agriculture strategy and targeted measures (GenderInAg)

2
Enhancing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth in agriculture through profitable business models and service offerings, and technology driven opportunities in agriculture (YouthInAg)

3
Public policies, strategies and investments are geared towards reinforcing equity of opportunities in agriculture while enhancing accountability and shared prosperity for the food poor (InclusivityInAg)

Women farmers have the resources they need to be more productive, unhindered by gender and social norms, market entry barriers and other institutional impediments.

Our results

As at 2019, AGRA’s program interventions have benefitted 2,653,157 female farmers, constituting 31.5% of all small holder farmer reach, while 47% of the beneficiaries of deal facilitation event at the AGRF 2020 were women and youth with small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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