The Sharefair is a regional initiative aimed at promoting technologies and innovations that support rural female smallholder farmers. It coincided with the International Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day 2014, and brought together rural women innovators from Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. It also offered a platform for policymakers, academics, food producers, investors, technology innovators and others to interact.
The objectives were:
- Accelerated programmatic and policy attention to gender and agriculture and practical ways to overcome current gender-related technology, food security, and nutrition challenges
- Generation of a technology repository comprising a menu of technology options that meet the needs of women farmers and that can serve the sector and the region will be a lasting contribution
- Identifying new and scaling up of existing technologies through linking farmers to entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers
- Further anchor of the Regional Network to translate into deepened collaborations on gender and agriculture and food security