‘Empowering Women to unlock Africa’s Agricultural Potential’ session held at CII Agro Tech 2016
Ambassadors fromAfricannations sought outbound investment from Indian Women Entrepreneurs and business community into Agriculture and allied sectors toempowerwomen fraternity in the African subcontinent.Women contribute majorly towards agriculture in all African nations but they need to be recognized and supported by their government and Foreign Direct Investment in favour of commercial projects that can be led by women. Welcoming the delegates, Rumjhum Chatterjee, Chairperson, CII Northern Region and Group Managing Director, Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd. said, “India and Africa have much to collaborate on in terms of agriculture and we are more than willing to aid and assist through partnerships in various sectors. Exchange of technology will benefit both nations.” H E Ms Lesego Ethel Motsumi, High Commissioner, Botswana High Commission said that Botswana government has launched specific schemes for the benefit of women and young farmers.” She presented Botswana as an ideal investment destination in the fields of Livestock rearing, horticulture, mechanization to increase population of cattle head, value addition chain of beefing industry, dairy farming, domestic feed production and usage of waste water for irrigation. Syncing with her thoughts, HE Mr Niankoro Yeah Samake, Ambassador, Embassy of Mali, termed CII Agro Tech 2016 to be an eye opener for him and his team that came from a nation which has 80% of agricultural economy base.“We invite foreign investors to invest in Mali as it is a hub of West Africa with a favourable economic growth of 5.8% GDP. Sectors like Agriculture, livestock, mining, tourism, business tourism, gold refinery, real estate etc have huge potential for investment. There are 28 projects ready to be invested into.” HE Mr IbouBoye, Ambassador, Embassy of Senegal,stated his views on empowerment of women and said that 52% of women population was responsible for the food chain activities in Senegal. “Modernisation in poultry farming, dairy farming and other activities can help women farmers. Senegal’s Emerging Plan to come up with 100-150 integrated farms for women stand testimony to its commitment to enhance women engagement in Agriculture. We seek partnership from India in the same.” Bringing forth the facts about status of women in Africa and Uganda, Ms Kedisi N Margaret, Minister Counsellor, Uganda High Commission stated, “Women in Africa and Uganda per se need access to big farms, financial support, education and training, IT, access to markets, seeds and extension services and basic appreciation for them to be recognized and feel empowered. There is scope for investment by Indian investors in infrastructure, road construction, rural electrification, health services, agro processing etc.” Mr KirosHailemariam, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Ethiopia, also resonated the same thoughts and brought into light various opportunities that exist in Ethiopia for women entrepreneurs to invest into and partner with their nation.