Analysis and recommendations on the business environment for women-led businesses in cross-border agri-food value chains
Identify successful business models and recommendations for business environment reform to help improve the prospects of women-led businesses in agri-food value chains in West Africa in post covid 19 period and benefit from the future potentials of an African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
With the support of the ICR Facility, the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) intends to analyse the business environment for women-led SMEs cross-border agri-food value chains in West Africa and identify successful business models. Lessons and recommendations for scaling up and supporting such business models and for improving the business environment for these businesses are derived. In addition, a short film will capture testimonials from three successful women. The recommendations of the study and the film will be shared during a private-public dialogue workshop with key stakeholders, such as national and regional policy makers, private sector representatives and civil society stakeholders.
The technical assistance provided by the ICR Facility included an assessment of the main factors influencing the business environment for women-led enterprises in the agri-food value chains in the ECOWAS region. The assessment entailed a study which focused on the agro-processing part of the agricultural value chain as well as cross border trade with a specific attention to innovative aspects whereby women mix local and international knowledge and taste or consumption, in order to answer new market needs. Examples of successful women-led business in the cross-border agri-food value chain were also identified. Additionally, this intervention entailed the development of recommendations for reforming the business environment for women-led enterprises in the cross-border agri-food value chains in the ECOWAS region and for supporting and scaling women-led enterprises. The results of the study were presented in a specific workshop, which was organised with the support of the ICR Facility. This hybrid private-public dialogue workshop brought together key stakeholders, such as private sector representatives, civil society stakeholders and development partners.
Further Information and Links:
Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI)
Video - FEWACCI: Women in Agribusiness
Report on Business Environment for Women-led Businesses in the Cross-border Agri-food Value Chains in ECOWAS Region