People, Circular Economy, Asia Pacific

Improving opportunities for women in agriculture and forestry

Responsible Business | Mar 20, 2018

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Credit: Caterina Meloni

USAID Green Invest Asia will host a  “Women Shaping the Future of Responsible Businesses” at the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture in Jakarta on March 28 during 7.45-8.45 AM.

Women play an essential role across agricultural value chains in Southeast Asia as producers, consumers, investors and employees. Women’s wealth is growing and women are pushing for sustainable investment, and gender lens investment is on the rise. Businesses that attract and retain top female talent and can demonstrate diversity, both within their companies and throughout their value chain, are able to reduce costs, become more sustainable, and ultimately more profitable.

Despite the potential, progress has been slow, partly due to limited understanding of the business opportunities of gender diversity in the agriculture sector. Across developing countries, agriculture remains one of the most important sources of employment for women, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. But just as becoming an employee is harder for women, so is becoming an entrepreneur. Barriers for women include a lack of access to education or training, and limited access to ICT, market information and finance. 

Please join us to share and learn more on the topic at the Breakfast Roundtable organized by USAID Green Invest Asia on “Women Shaping the Future of Responsible Businesses” at the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture in Jakarta on March 28 during 7.45-8.45 AM. #USAIDGreenInvestAsia

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