Alternative approaches to collateral to increase women’s access to rural and agricultural finance

29/06/2021 - 29/06/2021
Online (Zoom)

Date: 29th June 2021, 15.30-18.00 (CEST)

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In developing countries, women produce between 60% and 80% of food; however, they still face significant challenges in increasing their productivity and improving their livelihoods. Compared to their male counterparts, female smallholder farmers find it more difficult to access land, training, market information, inputs and credit.

Evidence shows that improving rural women’s access to financial services is a proven strategy for contributing to rural women’s social and economic empowerment, as well as improving overall the livelihoods of rural households and communities. This webinar will provide a space for parliamentarians, financial institutions, and other main stakeholders to discuss the importance of developing alternative approaches for risk sharing and management to increase women’s access to finance through alternative collateral requirements. By increasing women’s financial inclusion in rural areas, we have a greater chance to eradicate food insecurity, malnutrition, and rural poverty and to improve rural livelihoods and the wellbeing of women and their households.



15.30-15.50 Opening session

Introduction to the webinar: Ms. Francine Picard, Senior Policy Advisor, Lead Partnerships, IISD

Welcome and opening remarks:

  • Mr. Abebe Haile Gabriel, Assistant Director-General, Regional Representative for Africa, FAO
  • Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis, Speaker at the ECOWAS Parliament

Moderation: Ndaya Beltchika, Lead Technical Specialist, Gender and Social Inclusion, IFAD

15.50-16.55 Session 1: The challenge of collateral for women’s financial inclusion and the importance of alternatives

Keynote speech: Mr. John Amimo, Head of Programmes, AFRACA

Panel 1: Emerging experiences and lessons learned

  • Experience of the World Bank in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, Ms. Tenin Fatimata Dicko, Financial Sector Specialist, Word Bank
  • Approach taken by Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) in Uganda, Mr Joseph Sanjula Lutwama, Director of Programs, Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Uganda

16:55-17.55 Session 2 Interactive dialogue with Parliamentarians and women’s organizations

  • Hon. Neema Lugangira, MP, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Hon Gabriel Alfredo Fernandes, ECOWAS Parliament
  • Benard Chitunga, Senior Officer, Affirmative Finance for Women in Africa (AFAWA), AfDB
  • Khady Fall Tall, Regional President, West African Women's Association

17.55-18.00 Wrap up and closure by moderator


This virtual dialogue is part of a series of dialogues organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Women in Law & Development in Africa (WiLDAF) and Oxfam as part of their policy support to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Network of Parliamentarians on Gender Equality and Investments in Agriculture and Food Security. The objective of the series is to enhance the role of African parliamentarians in mitigating the gender-differentiated impacts of COVID-19 on food systems.