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Launch: FAO-IAFN Women’s Accelerator Mentorship Programme for Women-led SMEs in Africa

Women entrepreneurs in the food and agriculture sectors are vital contributors to sustainable development. Their endeavors play a pivotal role in fostering inclusivity and economic prosperity by generating employment opportunities, elevating household incomes, and yielding a myriad of societal benefits. Nevertheless, it is imperative to acknowledge that, despite their significant impact on the agriculture industry, rural women often grapple with notable disadvantages. In comparison to their male counterparts, they frequently encounter challenges related to accessing essential resources, receiving adequate training, obtaining financial support, and securing social safeguards. Addressing these disparities is paramount to fostering equitable opportunities for these remarkable women.

The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), launched the 2023-24 Women’s Accelerator programme during the 2023 Science in Innovation Forum at the World Food Forum. The event included a panel of Mentees and Mentors from the programme, along with Deputy Director-General at FAO Beth Bechdol, and IAFN Chair Michael Keller.

More information about the 2023-2024 programme will be shared soon.

Learn more about the 2022-2023 programme here.

Watch the webcast here.

Irina Wandera

At Emerging, Irina is working as Policy Manager. Irina strongly believes multistakeholder policy processes have great promise in delivering win-win policy solutions that work for people and planet. For over ten years, she has worked with different constituents, from grassroot communities to private sector players, to actively participate in policy processes ensuring public policies are shaped by multiple stakeholders. Her experience runs across various sectors including food, agriculture, environment, community conservation and health.

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