Governments of India and Germany— through GIZ— have teamed up with Malawi in developing World Class Inclusive Agribusiness Incubator Model in Agriculture and Food Systems.
The initiative is being implemented under the Green Innovation Centres Programme, which is aimed at boosting business for rural area-based Malawian women.
Speaking during a roundtable discussion in Lilongwe, Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Shri Gopalakrishnan said the initiative would be life changing.
“I am confident that this triangular cooperation will immensely help in empowering Malawian women from rural areas besides building local capacity,” he said.
Deputy Head of Development at GIZ Knut Gummert said the business incubators, will help women develop start-ups with latest technologies which can redefine supply chain systems, support value addition and help innovate food products so that they can meet the demands of new-age consumers.
“As is the case in many parts of the world, in Malawi women also work in agriculture with little reward or income in return to their labour. They traditionally have less access than men to productive resources, services, opportunities, assets – including land and finance, technology and education– to update their knowledge and agriculture practices,” he said.
Some of the beneficiary partners are Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute, with the Ministry of Gender entrusted with the task of setting up incubators for small and medium enterprises and collective enterprises by women farmers.