Agripreneurship, finance and markets
Margaret Syomiti thinks of herself as an animal welfare activist who inherited her love for livestock from her grandmother. “My grandmother was my first mentor as she lovingly tended to and protected her livestock from predators, hunger and thirst,” she beams. “Through support from USAID and AWARD, I developed practical solutions for thousands of farmers in Kenya by generating practical...Read more
"Microfinance plays a significant role in providing sustainable livelihoods to disadvantaged groups all over the world. The provision of loans, savings and payment products for the underserved and unbanked populations is critical to promoting inclusive finance. Research shows that over 70% of beneficiaries of the financial inclusion agenda are women. The gender impact of microfinance is...Read more
The Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, which aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African SMEs, is now open for entries. This annual competition celebrates excellence in South African entrepreneurship and serves as an inspiration to others to succeed in the world of business.
But Entrepreneur of the Year® is not just about the competition. It is more...Read more
Twenty years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and at a time when the global community is defining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, the global consensus on the need to achieve gender equality seems stronger than ever before. Empowering women and girls is among the goals aspired to by all, from grassroots organizations, trade unions...Read more
The tragic loss of Paul Kantor during a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday 13 May have left many of her colleagues in the development world and friends with great sadness.
Paula who joined CIMMYT in February 2015 as a senior scientist (gender and development specialist), was leading CIMMYT’s ambitious new project to...Read more
Countless studies of start-up businesses in developed markets come to the same conclusion: more of these enterprises are launched by men than women. That’s a great pity – not just because the statistics are an affront to equality of opportunity, though they are, but also because there’s a growing body of research that suggests women make better entrepreneurs than men.
The latest study...Read more