The University of Amsterdam is leading an international inter-disciplinary research project to strengthen women entrepreneurs growing, processing and marketing food produce in the city slums of Kisumu, Kenya and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The project aims to find how to increase the scope and viability of entrepreneurship activities and to improve crop yields and nutrition through testing out innovative soil amendments. One of the organizations supporting the project to achieve its practical aims is NAFTC-Africa. Women entrepreneurs in both countries will receive assistance in growing their businesses.
Each project location is at a different stage. In Kisumu, a baseline nutrition survey was recently completed in two slum areas and initial results are expected soon. The survey team also conducted key informant interviews with people at different points along the produce supply chain. A similar nutrition survey is not yet finished in Ouagadougou. Earlier in the year, the project held a three-day workshop there, including visits to women’s farming groups and a half-day session talking with local stakeholders. Collaboration and working together are key to the success of both the academic research and the practical aims of the project.
The project website can be accessed via this link.
Project lead: Dr Nicky Pouw
Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam