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Empowering Women AfDB president calls for investment in women farmers

Co-chair of EWA, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on her part said empowering women has the potential to lift millions out of poverty.

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African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina (first from right to left on the first row) at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit on 17th July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. play

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina (first from right to left on the first row) at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit on 17th July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina has highlighted the role of women in the Agricultural sector, calling for investment that meets the needs of women in the area.

Adesina also emphasised the importance of financing women and de-risking the financial system to make advancing to loan to women comfortable. play

Adesina also emphasised the importance of financing women and de-risking the financial system to make advancing to loan to women comfortable.

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“To transform agriculture, we must recognise the critical role women play in agriculture in Africa. We must invest in measures that target the needs of women farmers including access to land, improving market access, increasing access labour-saving tools, and providing improved seeds and quality fertilisers,” Adesina said.

He made the call at a high-level meeting of Heads of States and Governments and partners for the implementation of Empowering Women in Agriculture (EWA) and the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiatives, held on the sidelines of the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina (first from right to left on the first row) at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit on 17th July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. play

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina (first from right to left on the first row) at the opening ceremony of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit on 17th July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

(AfDB)

 

Adesina also emphasised the importance of financing women and de-risking the financial system to make advancing loans to women comfortable.

"Women pay back loans. They are bankable, but the banking system does not lend to them,” he said.“We want to change this; we want to de-risk the financial system and allow institutions to give loans to women.”

Co-chair of EWA, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on her part said empowering women has the potential to lift millions out of poverty.

“[Empowering women] has the potential to lift millions out of poverty especially through agriculture.”

From left to right Bineta Diop, Founder and Chair of the Femme Africa Solidarite; Emmanuel Nnadozie, African Capacity Building Foundation Executive Secretary; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; and Gerardine Mukeshimana, minister of Agriculture of Rwanda play

From left to right Bineta Diop, Founder and Chair of the Femme Africa Solidarite; Emmanuel Nnadozie, African Capacity Building Foundation Executive Secretary; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; and Gerardine Mukeshimana, minister of Agriculture of Rwanda

(AfDB)

 

President Sirleaf appealed to countries to integrate women farmers’ interests in programmes for agricultural transformation in Africa. “This will ensure women are part of the economic growth and development.”

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