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Contribution of African Women Entrepreneur in the Development of the Agriculture and Food Industry

Yawa Minnie Elodie Folly1, Emmanuela Soro2, Halatou Dem3, Yousra Soua4, Mariem Guizeni5

1Adili African Vegetables Processing Unit, Entrepreneur, Togo
2Labo Consulting Afrique, Ivory Coast
3Tatam Cereales, Mali
4own start-up Development in Biological Control Sector, Tunisia
5own start-up Development Potato Processing, Tunisia


Abstract


For centuries, agriculture has driven economic growth in countries across the globe, and African nations are following the same path out of poverty. Agribusiness plays a vital role in economic development, contributing a major portion of GDP, employment, and foreign exchange earnings in Africa, where agriculture accounts for 25 percent of the continent’s GDP, and 70 percent of employment. Women constitute nearly half of the workforce in this sector in sub-Saharan Africa. They perform most of the production and local marketing of food. However, when it comes to developing research programs, making decisions or leading agricultural development and food industry development work, women are clearly under-represented. It must therefore be noted that only half of the team is actually present in the sector due to difficulties in accessing funding, limited training, and gender disparities in intellectual property, the low percentage of women in science and technology across the continent. Women have so much to bring to the table. By unlocking their potential and utilising women’s talents to the full, we will be better placed to leverage science, technology and innovation to solve the chronic and pressing problems facing the continent, particularly with respect to food security.


Keywords: Agribusiness, agriculture, food security, women


Contact Address: Yawa Minnie Elodie Folly, Adili African Vegetables Processing Unit, Entrepreneur, Lomé, Togo, e-mail: minnielodie@hotmail.fr


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