Going Digital: Sustainable development in agriculture for women Supporting women’s access to ICTs for agriculture and promoting participation European Development Days Lab Debate
DATE:Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 18:00 to 19:15
The need to embrace digital innovations and the opportunities they offer is real. Agriculture is not immune to these changes as they have the ability to transform every link in the agriculture value chain. However, despite the advancements in digitalisation, the gender gaps in access to ICTs continue to widen. Women are 14% less likely than men to own a mobile phone and 25 % fewer women and girls use the internet. This means female farmers, particularly in rural areas, often experience difficulties accessing relevant information, financial products and services and markets. They are also often do not participate in relevant policy-making.
The objective of the session is therefore to:
Illustrate the importance of linking more women to ICTs for improved agricultural productivity, resilience and profitability.
Promote women’s involvement in sustainable ICT-driven businesses / services, which support agriculture.
Discuss the need for enabling policy environments that can support and transform women’s opportunities through digitalization in the agriculture sector.
Agenda 18:00 – 19:15 Moderator: Leonard Mizzi, EU Commission, DEVCO Welcome
Opening address Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes, ACP Secretary General
Bringing digitalisation to projects for women in rural agriculture Ms Gillian Stewart, WIBDI, Samoa
Perspectives of women agri-entrepreneurs building businesses on apps Ms Naledi Magowe, mAgri, Botswana
Experience of women agri-entrepreneurs building businesses on ICTs as a service Ms. Rose Peter Funja, Agrinfo, Tanzania
Lessons for Development agencies – perception study Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
Policy actions to include women in digitalisation Ms. Linda Mc’Avan, MEP Discussion with Panel
Discussion with Panel Q&A with Audience
Conclusions and closing remarks