According to the United Nations, women make up over 40% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries. UN data also indicates that if these women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20 to 30 per cent, raising total agricultural output by 2.5 to 4 per cent. At the same time, women are faced with serious constraints in meeting this potential.
To help overcome the challenges women currently face in agribusiness, 2SCALE has set ambitious goals for all its activities when it comes to inclusion of women, aiming for at least 50% of all farmers reached and enterprises involved to be female or led by women.
During mid-April, to help make women's empowerment a responsibility of the entire 2SCALE team, our French-speaking staff participated in a three-day workshop in Ouagadougou. The main goal of the training was to better equip partnership facilitators with the necessary skills to identify key constraints faced by women and the potential opportunities for women in partnerships and target value chains.