SIANI Expert group: Benefits of collaborative purchasing of local produce for women smallholder farmers in Kenya

Female smallholder farmers have low access to markets due to lack of market information, transportation disadvantages and time constraints. These factors reduce their competitiveness and make them dependent on middlemen.

Our Expert Group seeks to explore how Kenyan female farmers can benefit from collaborative purchasing of local produce. The Group will research how digital services can lead to more business for women through collaborative purchasing and distribution. The aim of the intervention is to identify, synthesize and disseminate lessons from players implementing mobile and online marketing platforms in Kenya and Sweden with female farmers as the main beneficiaries.

This project is a collaboration between Inclusive Business  – a Swedish technical solution that addresses the challenge of managing collaborative transport of things through collaborative orders, AgriProFocus and the African Women Agribusiness Network (AWAN).

Focusing on the social, economic and environmental benefits of shared economies in food production and distribution, the project will provide a forum for women smallholder farmers, policy makers, businesses and experts interested in bringing female entrepreneurs closer to markets through mobile, web-based applications, collective buying and transportation.

The outcomes of the project will be disseminated through our website and SIANI.SE

This project is funded by the Stockholm Environment Institute through the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative, SIANI.

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