The office of the Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG) and the Department for Agriculture and Agro-industry (OSAN) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a new report, “Economic Empowerment of African Women through Equitable Participation in Agricultural Value Chains”. The event gathered high-level participants, including stakeholders from both the private and public sectors from the countries and sectors examined by the report – cocoa, coffee, cotton and cassava sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, respectively.
The study includes a ground breaking feature on how the AFDB can sustainably and proactively support women on the African continent. In its findings the study aims to distinguish itself by providing detailed information collected and analysed to develop unique tailor-made projects for women-led and women dominated business entities in agriculture. The objective of this event, therefore, carries more weight beyond the acknowledgement and celebration of the milestone achieved. The event calls for the AFDB and all of its esteemed internal and external stakeholders to join forces and bring a robust discussion to how to take this unprecedented work forward.