AFAWA project, 60 women’s cooperatives benefit from training in financial management

The training took place from August 22 to 26, 2022 in the city of Yamoussoukro for the attention of sixty women’s cooperatives.

This is a revitalization and capacity building workshop as part of the launch of the UN Women’s Cooperatives in the Food Sector (AFAWA) project. The beneficiaries are women members of 60 cooperatives from the Bélier region and the autonomous district of Yamoussoukro.

This action is part of the execution of the project” AFAWA: Support project for women’s cooperatives in the food sector », UN Women Côte d’Ivoire. It was carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and Literacy through its department of literacy for adults, youth and children, and the financial institution dedicated to women, Fin’ SHE.

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AFAWA is a project launched on July 7, 2022 in Toumodi. It is for an amount of 900 million FCFA. This initiative is supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). AFAWA aims to facilitate access to markets and finance for small and medium-sized enterprises run by women in Africa.

In Côte d’Ivoire, a total of 322 women-run cooperatives benefit from support through actions aimed at increasing their income, enhancing food availability and reducing their cost through increased production and supporting regulations and infrastructure . The project is implemented over a period of three years (2021-2024) and the interventions are concentrated in the main food crop production basins, including Tchologo, Poro, Bounkani, Folon, Bagoué, Aries, Gbêkê and Tonkpi.

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AFAWA is also working to put into practice the achievements of the project “Empowerment of women in agriculture through access to ICTs in Côte d’Ivoire”, carried out from March 2020 to June 2022 in the Bélier region. This empowerment project started the functional and digital literacy of 60 cooperatives and developed the digital platform “Buy From Women”, which facilitates access to the market for Professional Agricultural Organizations (OPA) active in the sector of cassava in the ram region.

Through this mission, UN Women Côte d’Ivoire and its partners will strengthen the capacities of members of 60 cooperatives through training in financial management, the provision of equipment and a refresher on classic functional literacy and digital. exploitation of the “Buy From Women” platform.

AFAWA is part of the African Development Bank Group’s ten-year strategy to achieve inclusive growth for Africa. This strategy addresses two of the High 5 of the Bank, namely to feed Africa and improve the living conditions of the people of Africa.

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