New Faces New Voices (NFNV), in collaboration with the Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is organizing a Roundtable Meeting on the 18th of February, 2015, in Johannesburg on Women and Agricultural Finance.
Founded by Graça Machel in 2010, NFNV is a pan-African advocacy group that seeks to deepen the participation and influence of women in the financial sector by increasing their access to finance and financial services, and by strengthening the economic participation of women in key sectors.
Agriculture forms the backbone of many African countries' economies and is a sector where women are highly represented in the labour force. As a sector, it can therefore contribute towards major continental priorities such as alleviating poverty and hunger, boosting intra-African trade and investment, rapid industrialization, economic diversification, sustainable resource and environmental management, job creation, food security and shared prosperity for men and women. Yet, despite the significant role that women play in agricultural production, gender dynamics and lack of access to resources and skills have resulted in women's marginalization and structural exclusion from the business side of agriculture, particularly when it comes to accessing finance to scale up women small-holder farmers and move them into more lucrative areas in the agricultural value chain.
The Roundtable meeting will draw upon previous research undertaken by the partners in a Policy Brief on Advancing African Women's Financial Inclusion and another Policy Brief on Agricultural Finance. By bringing together gender, agriculture and financial experts, the roundtable discussion aims to unlock funding and business opportunities for women throughout the agricultural value chain, with the hope to identify innovative funding models to channel more resources into women in the agricultural sector in ways that are concrete and measurable and have a positive impact on women's lives.
The Roundtable is by invitation only. For more information, contact Linky Mphafudi at linky[at]nfnv.org