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Insights Issue 6: Agriculture– How Can Investors Level the Playing Field for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods?

Insights Issue 6: Agriculture
Value for Women Insights Series: Agriculture

How Can Investors Level the Playing Field for Women in Agricultural Livelihoods?

In this brief, we present the opportunities for investing with a gender lens in agriculture in emerging markets and how this can help level the playing field for women not only as producers but also as employees and leaders. We look at how this investing has shifted and evolved in recent years.

Despite encouraging trends, there continues to be a large gender finance gap. The brief offers a framework of the most powerful actions that investors and other types of funders supporting agri-enterprises and/or cooperatives can take to increase the share of agricultural investment capital being deployed with a gender lens, and provides tools for doing so.

This paper draws from interviews with over 25 experts, investors, and enterprise intermediaries –primarily in emerging markets– as well dozens of publications, countless case studies, and our own work over the last decade at Value for Women.

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Value for Women is a global advisory services firm with a mission to promote women’s participation and leadership in business, finance and investment around the globe, with a focus on emerging markets.