WASAA is a non-profit organization formally registered in May 2010 in Mozambique. The institution has active Chapters in Eastern and Southern Africa including Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Swaziland, South Africa, Angola, Burundi, and Mozambique. WASAA is working to bring growth to women and youth owned businesses to help them graduate from micro to medium scale to large scale enterprises in the region. Its mission is to serve as an institutional vehicle to spearhead economic independence and widen opportunities first and foremost among women and youth in agribusiness and in agriculture as a whole. WASAA’s goals are to enhance women’s capacity to participate in business and trade through the facilitation of national and regional joint ventures.
With financial support from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and IFAD, WASAA is currently implementing a 2 year training program entitled Building Critical Agri-Entrepreneurial Skills of Women in Agri business in Sub Sahara Africa Alliance (bcasWASAA). The project is being implemented in Malawi and Zambia.
Under the project, WASAA is holding a Stakeholder Consultation and Learning Workshop which will be combined with a Meet the Buyer and Financer event. The event is scheduled for 2nd to 3rd July 2014, Lilongwe, Malawi.
DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOP
The objective of the meeting is to:
- Advance gender learning among IFAD and AGRA grantees and partners
- Harness feedback from targeted project participants and stakeholders to inform and guide strategy and processes to achieve specific objectives of the bcasWASAA project
- To facilitate the linkage of farmers to agricultural services, structured markets and finance.
Objectives of the meeting will be achieved through lesson learning and knowledge management agenda in a gender learning and sharing – stakeholders ‘workshop
The purpose of this workshop will be to harness feedback from targeted project participants and stakeholders to inform and guide strategy and processes to achieve specific objectives of the project (AGRA project) by information sharing, listening and learning sessions, and holding joint assessments.
The workshop will also focus on connecting practitioners working on gender and agricultural value chains to facilitate the identification of common ground, learning and knowledge sharing of successful approaches in strengthening gender impacts in agriculture value chains. Participants will also gain an understanding of processes that ensure women as well as men benefit in agriculture value chains, from experiences shared.
The facilitation of linkage of farmers to agricultural services, structured markets and finance will be achieved through
- Creation of a platform for WASAA farmers to display their various commodities
- Session within the workshop showcasing the procurement market process as well as trends, tips and techniques.
- Display stands for service providers that will be grouped in the following sections:
- Markets: Agriculture Commodity Exchange, World Food Program, Grain Traders Processors Association, Auction Holdings Commodity Exchange
- Financers: CDH bank, Ecobank, Export Development Fund
OUTCOME OF WORKSHOP
Information gathered from the meeting will be used to create a gender framework for WASAA that will also be shared with IFAD and AGRA grantees.
KEY DELIVERABLE S OF WORKSHOP FACILITATOR
The Facilitator will be expected to;
1. Take the lead in facilitating the workshop including the discussion sessions
2. Deliver the workshop’s Report **WASAA gender meeting report**