FARA UniBRAIN has unveiled a gender mainstreaming toolkit in agribusiness incubation as a blueprint that will guide the process of value chain mapping, analysis and selection across Africa. This tool kit will come in handy in helping incubators and incubatees across Africa invest resources in value chains that promise gender inclusion and optimal returns in agribusiness incubation.
”Traditionally, we have had a situation where gender participation has been skewed towards women being involved at the production level with minimal benefits while their male counterparts have dominated manufacturing and other more lucrative levels in the agro value chains. The toolkit is poised to be a game changer and will help spot opportunities along the agro value chain for participation that is all inclusive. The long awaited paradigm shift is set to be experienced with both genders being strategically positioned across the value chain to gain what they rightfully deserve” noted Ms Louis De Klerk Vice chairman AAIN as she welcomed Mr Sendaula chairman CURAD board to launch the toolkit.
The toolkit was unveiled on 12th May 2015 in Accra, Ghana by Mr Gerald Sendaula (chairman CURAD board of governors) who hailed the initiative to develop the toolkit while emphasizing the need for gender mainstreaming in value chain development and agribusiness incubation. In his brief, he noted that the incubators and incubates had a powerful tool that if well utilized would help enhance equity and strategic investment along the value chains in agribusiness incubation. He challenged incubators to ensure they carried out elaborate sensitization to incubates to enable them embrace the tenets espoused in the gender mainstreaming toolkit for agribusiness incubation.
On his part, the UniBRAIN facility coordinator Mr Ariho acknowledged the role that the incubators had played towards development of the toolkit and called upon the managers to put it into use moving forward. Further, he impressed upon the incubators to take a lead in using the toolkit as well as train their incubatees on how to use it. This, he reiterated, would help realise the envisaged results of gender inclusion and maximization of benefits derived from agribusiness incubation. He promised that the toolkit would be e-published for access by all to help build gender inclusive agribusinesses.