The project aims to improve market, credit and innovative technology in order to increase women smallholder farmers'productivity and revenue in a sustainable way. The goal is to solve the obstacles that characterizes the situation for women and youth girls in the agribusiness sector when compared to their male counterparts in rural districts of Kinshasa in DRC. The project will increase production capacity and access to markets for rural female entrepreneurs and their network of local producers
when compared to their male counterparts, thus, women in rural areas of DRC operate smaller farms, keep fewer livestock, typically of smaller breeds, and earn less from the livestock they own - Have a greater overall workload that includes low productivity activities like fetching water and firewood - Have less access to innovation and productive assets and services - Are much less likely to purchase inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and mechanical equipment - Have weaker property rights.
To solve this problem, the following activities will be are organized through components/outcomes: (i) Professionalization of producer organizations (POs) and accordingly entrepreneurial capacities, particularly of women and the youth through the enhancement of their bargaining power and representativeness; (ii) Creation of innovative and sustainable economic partnerships and marketing techniques; and (iii) Strengthened financing capacities of smallholder farmers through the POs.
The project will improve the value creation of highly nutritious food products - by increasing production capacity and access to markets for rural female entrepreneurs and their network of local producers - and provide nutritional education for rural consumers. As for long term results, the rural markets will be inundated with local products of low costs, and increase, not only the monthly income of rural women but will also impact and influence other women to become agents of financial change