Believe in Africa has chosen Marrakech, Morocco to host its second empowerment conference with the theme “African Women in Agriculture.”
“African Women in Agriculture” (AWA), scheduled to be hosted at the Museum Mohammed VI for Water Civilization in Marrakech, Morocco from May 8th to 10th, 2018.
This event is organized with the support of Agence Marocaine de Cooperation Internationale (AMCI), United Nations Women, US Africa Foundation (USADF), the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), Lilium Capital, Forbes Afrique and All Africa Magazines.
The theme for this year is: “Empowering Women in Agriculture: Generating Sustainable Growth, Bridging the Gender Gap.”
“We aim to continuously promote Africa’s socio- economic progress by enhancing the profile of women in agriculture in a bid to contribute significantly to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Angelle Kwemo, Founder and President of Believe in Africa.
She added: “AWA is a unique place to share best practices and promote success stories. We aim to take concrete actions and develop a roadmap for resource mobilization, training and optimization of production capacity, processing and marketing of agricultural products. AWA 2018 will be an opportunity to highlight the collective commitment of this network for the empowerment of African women, and above all allow participants to find investors and partners for the marketing of their products on the African and global market”.
AWA” is an initiative aimed at creating a network of stakeholders dedicated to ensuring the effective empowerment of women in agriculture, with emphasis on those in the rural areas and underserved communities, permitting them to become productive, competitive and self-sufficient.”
AWA covers all 4 agricultural subsectors namely farming, livestock, fisheries/fish farming and agro forestry.
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Believe in the potential of Africa and African women. This is partly one of the aims of the second edition of the African Women in Agriculture (AWA) congress.
Organized from 8 to 9 May 2018 at the Mohammed VI Museum for the civilization of water by Believe In Africa with the support of the OCP Group, the latter confirms in this respect its commitment to agriculture through its various actions in favor of main stakeholders, namely farmers. This event, exclusively dedicated to women farmers, is held in partnership with the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), UN Women, US African Development Foundation, and Lilium Capital.
Women farmers in Africa
Animated with will and hope, more than a hundred women from the four corners of Africa are gathered in the ocher city to exchange and present their initiatives in agriculture but also in crafts. Whether they are women entrepreneurs, members of cooperatives, or even farmers, all intend to take action with the implementation of recommendations in favor of agriculture supported by African women. For them, it is also a call for the creation of brands labeled Made in Africa. During this 2 nd edition, Angelle B Kwemo, founder of Believe in Africa, highlighted the need to find solutions to the problems faced by African women, particularly in terms of funding, market access and in terms of product marketing. For its part, Nadira El Guermai, governor-national coordinator of the INDH, returned to this Initiative which will celebrate on May 18 the 10th anniversary of its launch. In this regard, Nadira El Guermai explained in particular that the main specificity of the INDH is the territorialization of its action and that it emanates from the needs of the population at the local level.
Agriculture combined with the feminine
This edition was also marked by the presence of Aissata Issoufou, First Lady of Niger, who called to combine agriculture with women and put women at the heart of all development strategies. She also confided that the African woman works daily to feed her family, especially in the rural world. For Ms. Issoufou this event is important insofar as it enhances the work of women and to help them acquire the fruits of their labor.
In addition, a network of influencers should be created during this meeting to ensure better working conditions for African women and allow them to be more productive. A series of meetings followed. These focused on various themes, in particular “Feeding Africa and feeding the world: achieving the objectives of sustainable development”, “Investing in agriculture, public-private partnership, producers of value chains”, “Climate change adaptation, gender and empowerment of women ”, or from food security to food sovereignty. Note that various exhibitions of local products designed by African women are held on this occasion.
Support female agriculture to promote the socio-economic inclusion of women. This is the main message launched in Marrakech, during the 2nd edition of “women and agriculture in Africa”.
“We have to combine farming with women. It depends on our survival and our well-being. ” This warning comes from the First Lady of Niger, who was speaking Tuesday in Marrakech, at the opening of the 2nd edition of the forum “Women and agriculture in Africa”, organized by “Believe in Africa”. Aissata Issoufou is indeed the godmother of this event supported by the Moroccan authorities and the OCP group. Delegations from African countries, including Gambia, Senegal and even Nigeria, were on hand. During the opening speeches, much was said about the need to support female agriculture. Not only do women need more funding, but more importantly, more inputs to grow their agricultural activities. In this regard, the First Lady of Niger, citing reports from the FAO,
INDH, AWA… models
Apart from the speech of the First Lady of Niger, this first day was marked by the participation of the coordinator of the National Human Development Initiative (NHRI), Governor Nadira El Guermaï. The manager took the opportunity to present at length the progress made by the INDH in Morocco, 13 years after its launch. For Nadira El Guermaï, this royal initiative can today be presented as a model of south-south cooperation, all the more since bilateral partnerships were established on the continent, in particular with Gabon in 2014. Yesterday in Marrakech, women entrepreneurs called for “collaboration between African countries to promote the sharing of local products”. For example, Morocco could export its argan oil to sub-Saharan countries, while importing, in return, the famous shea butter. Moreover, an initiative supposed to promote female agriculture, called “AWA” (African women in agriculture) will be launched as of this 2nd edition of the forum which is held in the imposing framework of the Mohammed VI museum for the civilization of water. in Morocco. Visitors can discover, until today, closing date, the agricultural products of the participating countries.
THE BELIEVE IN AFRICA ORGANIZATION CHOSE MARRAKECH FOR ITS SECOND AFRICAN WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE 2018 CONFERENCE, FROM MAY 8 TO 10. INVESTMENT AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN AGRICULTURE, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ACCESS TO CREDIT ARE AMONG THEIR MAIN CONCERNS.
The ocher city hosted the second edition of the African Women in Agriculture (AWA) event organized by the NGO Believe in Africa. Held at the Mohammed VI Museum of Civilization and Water from May 8 to 10, it saw the participation of many women from all over the continent with the first lady of Nigeria, Aissata Issoufou, as godmother.
With the theme “Empower women, empower the world”, and benefiting from the support of the OCP Group and the partnership of the INDH, the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), UN Women, the US African Development Foundation, and Lilium Capital, this meeting was an opportunity to exchange on the possibilities and practical avenues to improve the condition of African women in agriculture and sustainable development. Ultimate objective: to promote the autonomy of African women working in the primary sector.
Moral support as important as financial support
“The support is not limited to mobilizing funds, but extends to encouragement, of all initiatives in this spirit, to moral support and listening,” said Angelle Kwemo, founder from Believe in Africa, during the opening session. His passionate speech spiced up with a few anecdotes drawn from his meetings with senior officials from the continent and his boundless energy positively marked the audience.
Several workshops have been scheduled. Among other themes addressed: investment and public-private partnership in agriculture, climate change, gender approach and the empowerment of women, liberalization of access to credit and inclusive finance, security and food sovereignty…. Exhibitors of local products and crafts took advantage of the occasion to promote the thousand and one riches of the countries of the continent.
Abidjan, 02 Apr (AIP) – The organization Believe in Africa (Believe in Africa) has chosen Marrakech for the holding of its second conference African Women in Agriculture 2018, from 8 to 10 May at the Mohammed VI museum of civilization water in Morocco, according to a press release sent to the AIP. This conference is supported by the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), UN Women, Initiative for Global Develop (IGD) US Africa Foundation (USADF), Lilium, Forbes Afrique, Afrique Agriculture, and AllAfrica Magazine. African Women in Agriculture is an innovative initiative which aims to create a network based on an exchange between high-level personalities and small producers and covers four agricultural sectors that …