SheQuip

A gender inclusive Agriculture Social Enterprise Development Project - a plan of action for the women in Africa, our planet and collective prosperity.

Through the recognition of poverty eradication on the African continent in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, we propose a specific Agri-SED Agenda most aligned to all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership. We are resolved to free the African continent from the tyranny of poverty.

We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path.
As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge a gender inclusive prosperous social development impact projected designed to gear women in agriculture for prosperity.

Our Agri-SED goals seek to realise the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Holistically integrated and indivisible aiming to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

Our goals and targets will stimulate action over the next 5 years in areas of critical
importance for the African women. Each target outcome will be monitored and measured in three stages, focusing on four fundamental areas which we believe are critical to fostering collective growth and prosperity.

People 
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and
to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential within a healthy balanced environment, in dignity and with gender inclusive equality.

Education
Skills transference

Planet
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through
sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

Prosperity
We are committed to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling
lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature, and integrity .



Peace
We intend to foster and facilitate peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear, scarcity, and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

NGO and Community Partnerships
We intend to mobilise the means required to implement this Agri-SED Agenda via its plan to revitalise Sustainable Development for Africa, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the underprivileged and most vulnerable.

The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance to ensuring that the purpose of our Agri-SED Plan is realised through its Agenda. In realising our ambitions across the full extent of the Agri-SED Agenda on this project, the lives of all those involved will be profoundly improved ultimately transforming the planet.

Indigenous Women: According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, indigenous women face triple discrimination in agriculture: for their gender, for their ethnicity, and for their socioeconomic status. Despite their substantial knowledge and experience protecting biodiversity, adapting to climate change, and varying nutritious diets, indigenous women are often left out of formal agricultural initiatives. Investments sensitive to their needs can help them use those skills to improve outcomes for them and their communities.

Low-Income Women: Some of the most abject poverty in the world is concentrated in farming communities, yet most poor farm families live in areas with high potential for agricultural development. Improving low-income women’s access to agricultural resources can greatly improve their profits from farming and food security.

Women in Emerging Markets, Especially in Rural Areas: Women comprise roughly half of the farming population in developing countries, and most individuals living in hunger worldwide are in emerging or frontier markets, where one in three preschool children is malnourished. Access to credit, training, and farm inputs is particularly limited in rural areas, placing even greater constraints on women, who make fewer decisions and own less land than men in the same areas. Investments to improve women’s access to resources in these contexts can improve their agricultural outcomes.

Women Who Are Unmarried or Widowed. In many countries, land rights are held by men or groups controlled by men, with women deriving (often tenuous) access to land through a male relative, usually a father or husband. Land is often inherited by a son or male relative upon the death of a parent. One study in Zambia showed that one-third of women lost their rights to land when their husbands died (6). Investments to facilitate women’s access to land can improve livelihoods, stability, and agricultural outcomes.

What are the geographic attributes of those who are affected?

While this strategy is particularly pertinent for women in rural areas of emerging markets, it can also be applied in developed economies.

In the United States, for example, according to the Political Economy Research Institute, the gender gap in agriculture is among the highest in any occupation. American farms run by women generate nearly 40% less income than those run by men, after adjusting for farm assets, work time, age, experience, farm type, and location. 

Gender gaps in land ownership are widespread around the world, specifically we looked at sub - Saharan Africa:
In sub-Saharan Africa, women perform 48.7% of agricultural labor but comprise only 15% of agricultural land holders .

CLA PROJECT ON THE GO - SHEQUIP

CLA Launches Life Learning Centres on rural farms and within farming communities
CLA Launches - SheQuip, For young women aimed at Gearing Her for Propensity in agriculture
CLA Launches - research project (Dr Kim Lamont to provide project details
CLA Launches - Heal Meals - teaching the importance of food and its healing role (*Nepheritie)

With the addition of Government Partnership (Department of travel and Tourism)

Approximately 815 million people worldwide go hungry. Hunger is exacerbated by food waste, increasing use of crops for energy (including biofuels), and rapid population growth. By 2050, the global agricultural system will need to produce an estimated 50% more food to feed what will then be a population of nine billion.

In developing countries, women perform roughly half of agricultural labor yet produce 20–30% less than their male counterparts. Similar disparities exist in developed economies; for example, only approximately 25% of agricultural scientists are women worldwide (1). These disparities impact not only individuals and households but also food security, hunger, and economic growth more broadly (full strategy available upon request for further guidance on metrics for food security and nutrition).

Worldwide, compared to men, women perform a substantial portion of agricultural labor yet own fewer assets, such as land and livestock, and have less access to training, insurance, and key agricultural inputs, such as seeds, labor, and finance.
These inequalities lead women farmers to produce less crop and earn less income than their male counterparts. Investments to address these gender gaps will increase yields on women-run farms and raise total agricultural output in developing countries by up to 4%, reducing global hunger and poverty and increasing overall economic growth (1). Investments in this strategy will asset us to :
ensure women have adequate financing for agricultural production;
enable women to access technologies to increase agricultural efficiency and productivity;
increase yields of female farmers, reducing global hunger; and
raise income levels for female farmers and women-run farms, contributing to economic growth and alleviating poverty.
provide access to entrepreneurial development, skills transference


Roughly 1.6 billion women depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Increasing incomes and productivity will likely result in increased economic growth throughout their families and communities. According to World Bank estimates, growth in agriculture is, on average, at least twice as effective in benefiting the poorest half of a country’s population as growth in other sectors. This shift raises farm incomes, generates employment, and reduces food prices. How much change can target stakeholders experience through investments aligned with this Strategic Goal?

Our Agri-SED strategic Agenda can increase gender equality, spur economic growth, and bring many numbers of individuals out of poverty. In addition, more and better investments to bridge the gender gap in agriculture could reduce global hunger

External Risk: Women will still be affected by gender biases ingrained in law or customary practices. Beyond land rights, inequitable treatment by gender may persist in family, marriage, housing, and inheritance laws, limiting women’s control of land and decisions related to agriculture and farming. Given gender-inequitable customary practices, engagement with and education of local officials and female farmers can help raise awareness of the gender targets and gender-equity laws that do exist. Such outreach can improve enforcement.

Stakeholder-Participation Risk: In provinces with more pronounced gender inequality, women may be unable or unwilling to fully and openly participate as stakeholders in product or service design processes. Investments then risk being less than fully representational of local needs and desired outcomes, making product or service adoption less likely. Engaging community groups that may have knowledge of local needs, are already trusted by local stakeholders, and are confident in speaking honestly with investee businesses can help to ensure adequate representation of stakeholders’ needs.

Likely consequences of these impact risk factors?

Failure to adequately address these risks could diminish the positive impact of investments or result in unintended negative consequences. For instance, increasing women's control of farming assets without adequately addressing concerns she may have for her safety as a result could lead to increased incidence of gender-based violence.

Through the development of society via our SED strategic Agenda we aim to provide access to skills transference from innovative self aware public and private sector leaders, we aim to equip female social entrepreneurs with, the mindset and resilience gained through
through experiential learning and skills development via a technology training and network support medium

Cultivating a gender inclusive approach to developing successful female comercial famers and social entrepreneurs and value creating leaders

Our Agri-SED Program cumulates business training, expert advisory (Public and Private sector) and support, coaching and mentoring to help you further accelerate social entrepreneurship, and community success.

Masterclasses presented by leading female and male (gender inclusive) founders on core business areas (including operations, investment and finance, integrative marketing, founder awareness, conscious leadership, Human Resources as well as community integrative wellness and mental health awareness)
1:1 social development and enterprise coaching and multi disciplinary expert consulting and workshops
Access to networks & a supportive community of female founders


Additional Program Information
CLA Launches SheQuip (for young women and in agriculture) which aims to provide access to skills transference from innovative self aware business
leaders and comercial farmers, we aim to equip female entrepreneurs with, the mindset and resilience gained through experiential learning and skills development via a technology training and network support medium

SheQuip aims to provide a gender inclusive approach that assists in developing and supporting successful African Female comercial farmers and value creating leaders

Notes* Offering (must be high value and developing for the founder)
(SheQuip Revenue generators)

Founder Accelerator for Women in Agriculture

Wouldn’t you like to learn how to enhance your business and maximise your success while unlocking your potential ? Our Founders Accelerator was created to help unlock founder and business potential while further propelling you to the next level.
 
This 12-month programme cumulates business training, leadership development and founder awareness, integrative wellness program and support, expert advisory and support, coaching and mentoring to help you further accelerate both yourself your business and your success.

Masterclasses presented by leading female founders on core business areas (including operations, investment and finance, integrative marketing, founder awareness, conscious leadership, Human Resources as well as Founder mental health awareness)
1:1 business coaching and multi disciplinary expert consulting
Access to networks & a supportive community of female founders


 
Applications now open for 2022.

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