Scaling Up Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Leadership Skills – 2013-2015
With support from African Women Development Fund (AWDF), CEEWA-U undertook a capacity building programme to equip women farmer groups and women associations with entrepreneurship development and leadership skills. The project targeted women farmer groups in Buikwe and Mayuge Districts during period 2013-2015. We worked with Bugoya Women’s Group, Gwossussa Women’s Group, and Tusuubira Development Group in Buikwe district and Tweyimbe Women and Youth Goat Project Group; Mayuge Women Integrated Development Association (MAWIDA), and Ibanga Bakusekamajja Group in Mayuge district. The beneficiaries were almost 150, out of which men constituted 20 percent.
The program was implemented to address the persistent challenges that constrain both enhanced productivity and returns form women-owned farming businesses and the functionality of their groups. Accordingly, the farmers were sensitized to enhance understanding of women’s rights to land and available options for women to access farmland. Second, women acquired the knowledge and skills to help them start new, and or improve the management of commercial enterprises with increased productivity, longevity, and competitiveness in terms of value-added products. Third and relatedly, the women received good animal husbandry practices t and agricultural inputs to assist them to increase productivity of their farming business. Forth, the women acquired the knowledge and skills to enhance their confidence and competence for participation and influence in decision making that underpin the functionality of and rewards from the women groups or associations. The impact and lessons learnt are captured in the publication.
The project was implemented with support from the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) and the focus was on empowering women farmer groups and women associations through entrepreneurship development and leadership skills.