WE ARE AN AGRIBUSINESS NETWORK
African Women Agribusiness Network Afrika (AWAN-Afrika) is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. The Network was established in 2003 and facilitates and provides services to African women agribusiness enterprises. AWAN-Afrika subscribes to Agenda 2063 particularly the Malabo declaration on Agriculture and Agenda 2030 in developing a people-driven, relying on the potential of African people especially its women and youth. Globally, we are aligned to the SDGs (2,5,7,8,9,12,14).
AWAN-Afrika’s secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya and works through individual membership, agribusiness groups & association and Agribusiness clubs across the continent. The organization provides women-owned agribusinesses with a platform that facilitates women and youth inclusion in agribusiness, access to sustainable markets, trade information, innovative financing solutions, appropriate Agri-technology and opportunities to share what works.
In our statement, we agree that in Africa, agriculture & agribusiness are seen as the engine for growth by governments and international development agencies. According to the World Bank, in 2017, agriculture accounted for 16% of GDP in sub-Sahara Africa; 65% of its labor force.
According to FAO African women make up two-thirds of the workforce in agricultural production. They grow 70% of the food, carry out 10% of basic food processing and 60-90% of the marketing.
According to the African Development Bank, Africa’s population is expected to double over 830 million by 2050; this increase in the working-age population could support increased productivity and inclusive economic growth across the continent. However, only 3 million formal jobs are created annually despite the fact that ten to twelve million African youth seek to enter the Africa workforce each year.
As a result, agriculture and its related industries are receiving increased attention in policies and strategies that aim to promote investments in agro-enterprises and agro-based value chain development.
In our Value Proposition, we are focusing on knowledge and targeted advocacy, in response to the challenges in the development of agribusiness. AWAN-Afrika uses evidence-based information and data to have a better and deeper understanding of the factors that provide a conducive agribusiness environment for our members. In our efforts to enhance inclusion in agriculture, we are focusing on a value chain development approach biased towards women and youth active involvement.
AWAN-Afrika has already adopted innovative technology in data collection, analysis, and management of information & shared experiences of members & affiliates in order to understand the changes in trends and realities of existing and new markets and challenges in the value chains. Based on that we provide a wide range of information and services to improve competitiveness and food value chain performance.
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