As the primary growers, processors and marketers of agricultural products in Africa, women play a vital role in the continent’s economic development. During the past decade, the number of women in agribusiness has soared. But a severe lack of information on trends,  opportunities and challenges in agricultural exports had stunted the growth of their enterprises. AWAN – EA was established in 2002 to respond to this need.

In 2018, African Women Agribusiness Network Afrika (AWAN-Afrika was established in response to the opportunities that will be offered by the AfCFTA with a vision to create a platform for African women in Agribusiness to access market, trade information and finance so as to become significant players in the continent and in global trade. AWAN-Afrika subscribes to Agenda 2063 particularly the Malabo declaration on Agriculture and Agenda 2030 in developing a people driven, relying on potential of African people especially its women and youth. Globally, we are aligned to the SDGs.

AWAN-Afrika’s secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya and we are present in 35 countries represented by our champions.

Our network comprises of individual members’ businesses including #AWANUnder30 and agribusiness clubs across the continent. The organization provides women owned agribusinesses with an E-Hub, which is a repository of information on agriculture along value chains and supply chains.

In partnership with CTA’s #Value4Her project, we share the first intelligent digital platform on the continent, #Value4Her Connect, that will connect women’s agribusinesses with exporters, investors, agri-tech companies and other value chain actors.


In our Value Proposition, we are focusing on knowledge and targeted advocacy, in response to the challenges in the development of agribusiness. AWAN-Afrika provides access to digital technologies and innovations to increase productivity; facilitates access to markets and accelerates women and youth inclusion in the agriculture sector, through a value chain development approach.

Our propositional bet is that the youth are the ones that are going to change the face of agriculture in Africa. They are bringing in new ideas, taking risks and embracing new technologies. AWAN Afrika is bringing a positive wave of change into the agricultural sector in Africa.