Female Agri-Food Entrepreneurs Invited To Food For Export Masterclass

The Food for Export Masterclass (FEM) was launched on 29 January, presenting an exciting opportunity for women doing business in the horticulture, dairy, food processing and food export sectors, in Zimbabwe.

Female Agri-Food Entrepreneurs Invited To Food For Export Masterclass

The Food for Export Masterclass (FEM) was launched on 29 January, presenting an exciting opportunity for women doing business in the horticulture, dairy, food processing and food export sectors, in Zimbabwe.

The masterclass is being organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Harare together with the Zimbabwe Agricultural Development Trust (ZADT), Hivos, ZimTrade and Dutch senior experts organisation PUM.

The Food for Export Masterclass (FEM) is a fully customized and highly focused program that includes trainings on production methods, certification, value chains, and creating bankable business plans. Special attention will also be given to networking skills and personal development of the participating women to ensure that they have the confidence to lead, to take risks and to innovate.

 The program, which is funded by Hivos and the Netherlands Embassy, will give 20 women access to the best of Dutch and Zimbabwean food production, value addition, and market entry expertise tailor-made to match their needs.

 To be eligible, applicants must be female, must have traceable experience in the fresh produce or dairy value chains, and preferably be running their own business or project with the potential to reach export markets. Access to internet and a computer are also important. Women from all over Zimbabwe are encouraged to apply.

The Food for Export Masterclass will contribute to increased exports from Zimbabwe, especially to European markets including the Netherlands which is a gateway to Europe and currently absorbs around 75% of Zimbabwe’s fresh produce exports especially various berries, peas and fresh cut flowers.

As a technical partner, PUM will provide seasoned Dutch experts in a variety of fields depending on the needs of the 20 participants, but always bringing a deep knowledge of the European market. Trade development and promotion organisation ZimTrade will also support this objective with training in market research and market entry strategies.

The Netherlands Embassy and Hivos, both of which have track records in promoting gender equality in Zimbabwe,  will support the Food for Export Masterclass to ensure that Dutch-Zimbabwean trade improves, but with more women taking leadership and growing their businesses.

Data from the UN shows that half of the economic growth in the past 50 years is attributed to girls having better access to education. Research has also proven that where men and women are more equal, including having access to resources and opportunities, countries are more developed and wealthy with happier societies.

Women interested in the Food for Export Masterclass can visit http://bit.ly/foodexportmasterclass or email har-fem2020@minbuza.nl for more information and the application form.


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