Sustainability of Enterprises Owned by Women Farmers in Rural Communities

CEEWA-U received a 4-month financial support from WOMEN2030 - programme executed by Action for Rural Women Empowerment (ARUWE) - to build capacity of existing women farmers to enhance sustainability and competitiveness of their enterprises. We target 12 women and 5 men in Mayuge district who are beneficiaries of our previous entrepreneurship development programs delivered during period 2014 - 2016. It is our intention to identify and address the gender concerns, if any, that could have impacted on the status and performance of the enterprises owned by farmers during the past four years or so. Therefore, the project will undertake a simple tracer study to provide a consultative process for the beneficiaries (men and women) to narrate their previous experience and build consensus on the priority capacity gaps. The lessons learnt will then guide the design and delivery of the capacity building program (in form of quick wins) to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and support adoption of the requisite technology as may be required for enterprise sustainability. CEEWA-U will publish the lessons learnt during project implementation to inform the advocacy agenda for mainstreaming gender concerns in agricultural activities undertaken by both state and non-state actors in the rural communities.