The Source of the Nile Women in Agribusiness Expo and Investment Summit is set to kick off this Sunday (January 14) and will extend its influence over three days, concluding on Tuesday. During this event, women engaged in various agribusiness value chains will have the opportunity to pitch their investment ideas to private sector investors and local companies.
The summit revolves around the theme of investing in opportunities to advance the status of women farmers in Africa. Dr. Anna Rose Ademun Okurut, the Commissioner for Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture, disclosed on Thursday that in addition to investment discussions, the summit will serve as a platform for women to emphasize the policies necessary for the thriving of women in agribusiness.
Dr. Paulina Chiwangu, the UN Women Country Representative, was present at the media briefing where these insights were shared.
The summit aims to provide women in agribusiness with the chance to explore potential regional and international trading networks, emphasizing gender equality as a catalyst for increased opportunities in the agri-business sector.
The expo will feature women-owned and women-led agribusinesses primarily involved in value addition and agro processing. These businesses are managed by a diverse group of women entrepreneurs, encompassing both the younger and older generations.
Coinciding with the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the summit is expected to create synergies between women in agribusiness and global leaders. The NAM, scheduled to commence on Monday at the Speke Resort Convention Centre in Munyonyo, will see the participation of heads of state, government officials, and delegations from approximately 150 countries. The NAM meeting is themed ‘Deepening co-operation for shared global affluence.’
The agenda for the NAM meeting encompasses discussions on various critical issues affecting member countries, with a focus on climate change. Vincent Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted that the gathering will also address solutions to tackle pressing global challenges and foster cooperation among member nations.