Most women are not involved in post harvest activities due to challenges in accessing capital that has relegated most women to being subordinates.
Crops Development Principal Secretary Dr. Richard Lesiyampe is calling on financial institution to tailor products as the government drafts policies to support for women in agriculture.
Africa spends 35 billion dollars annually on importation of food and other agricultural products despite the continent having large arable land.
Agriculture stakeholders attribute this to limited involvement of women in the post agriculture production despite constituting the largest percentage of the sector’s workforce.
Lesiyampe says limited access to capital has locked out most women from participating in the entire agriculture supply value chain.
He says polices are being drafted to ensure more women are integrated in the agriculture value chain.
Women were encouraged to form cooperatives to easily access markets and sell their produce in bulk to enjoy better prices.
The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation has pledged to avail over 200 million shillings in credit to finance women agriculture.
He says agriculture has the potential to eradicate extreme poverty if concerns by small scale farmers are addressed.