The purpose of this project is to understand and pilot test whether and how provision of ICT-tools can facilitate the transformation of women farmers and women entrepreneurs from one level of the value chain to another, focusing specifically on Zambia and Kenya. This pilot project forms part of the Bank of Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP) Grant support which aims to develop effective and evidence-based strategies and modalities for mainstreaming women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship in large scale agricultural projects, using ICT as a tool. The consultants will pilot test a set of ICT-based interventions to strengthen participation of women in agricultural growth initiatives, focusing on women’s effective engagement in agro-enterprises (on- and off-farm) in Zambia and Kenya.
Activities will focus on: (i) Pilot testing of ICT as a tool to promote women’s enterprises, women farmers and their entrepreneurial skills (e.g. agricultural extension, market information dissemination and collective action); (ii) Mainstreaming women’s economic empowerment and ICT in large scale agricultural investment and other projects; and (iii) Capacity development of the Client and beneficiaries on using ICT to women’ economic empowerment. Such capacity development involves direct interaction with the beneficiaries to promote and develop women’s enterprises.
Specific tasks performed by Imani Development included:
- A review of relevant IDSP/KAPAP Project related documentation including the implementation manual and supporting documents (e.g., value chain analyses) and identify the existing ICT in agriculture interventions and other relevant stakeholders in the countries.
- Designing and assisting in implementation of interventions that can effectively support targeted beneficiaries to develop and promote women farmers/entrepreneurs to develop rural enterprises by improved access to ICT.
- Analyzing the results of the pilot testing and provide evidence-based results of the impact of the intervention.
- Preparing materials and carrying out an experience sharing workshop in both countries with stakeholders, including selected beneficiaries to promote successful enterprise development.