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Act for Africa Côte d’Ivoire 

Côte d’Ivoire

Africa’s increased integration into agricultural regional and global value chains is critical for its continued transformation. A central element of this transformation is the economic empowerment of women through improved productivity and increased participation in commercial and higher value-add activities in agriculture.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the woman remains marginalized. Data from the National Statistics Institute highlight their extreme poverty: 75% of rural women are living below the poverty line. And they are often deprived of basic social services.

Map of Moronou Province in Côte d’Ivoire

According to an African Development Bank Report, Women make up almost 50 percent of the agricultural labour force in sub-Saharan Africa. These women work primarily in smallholder production; however, they receive a significantly lower share of income in comparison to men in the same sub-sector. Depending on the country, the rural wage gap between men and women in Africa is estimated to be 15–604 percent . Women work largely on family-owned land, with little or no remuneration, and women’s land ownership rates are also significantly lower than those of men. Even if they do own the land, they tend to have limited access to financing, quality inputs and knowledge of agricultural practices.

Act for Africa Côte d’Ivoire (AFA-CIV) through the Agro-Villages Network Initiative has launched a Farmer Training program for 500 cassava growers from the Women Farmers Cooperative of the Moronou province. The objective of the program is to train and provide capacity building and technical resources to at least 5,000 women within 3 years.

Members of AFA-CIV with leaders from the Women Farmers Cooperative in Moronou.

Agro-Villages Network

Agro-Villages Network is an incubator/accelerator platform designed to inculcate modern farming practices and Ag entrepreneurship education to women and the youth.

The initiative provides mentoring, coaching and assistance in facilitating access to farming resources and large markets.

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