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African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAB)

The African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAB) aims to address challenges in food security and identify opportunities for women in the agricultural sector. The network advocates for initiatives that enhance women’s competitiveness in local and global markets. AWAB also seeks to foster market linkages for women, connecting them to projects in the agricultural sector that can improve their access to resources, knowledge and training.


An ambitious, women-led solution addressing Africa’s food security challenges

The African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAB) aims to propel women’s agricultural activities beyond subsistence farming and into viable businesses that participate equitably in the agricultural value chain in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Food Basket Project offers an innovative, sustainable and home-grown solution to resolve a number of agribusiness challenges, particularly, one of Africa’s most pressing; quality of seed production.

The project uses an inclusive business model that is able to benefit different kinds of women with diverse backgrounds. It is to be rolled out in three phases; the pre-production phase which deals with inputs, particularly, the development of sustainable seed; the production phase which focuses on mechanisation as well as the post production phase, that addresses marketing and access to markets.

“The Food Basket Project will put food on tables and money in women’s pockets”

Grace Mijiga Mhango, AWAB Malawi


Produce 10,000 metric tonnes of legume seed for farmers have easy access to quality seed
Identify 250,000 grain producers identified - 50,000 per country
Ensure that 5050 women-small holder farmers are mechanised – 1010 per country
Develop 50 women owned and sustainable seed companies – 10 per country
Train and Mentor 5050 women in agribusiness ventures – 1010 per country
Ownership of 150 hectares of land by each of the 5 AWAB country chapters with fully developed resource centres