Help us grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses across Africa

Help us grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses across Africa

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If everyone inspired by our garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this week gave just £5 we would be able to hit our target for the year!

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#SeeGrowth: Growing new opportunities through female-led climate-smart businesses

Bright colours and bold leaves bring rural Zimbabwe to central London. Our partner communities, and the young women and girls we support, are the inspiration for a vibrant garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. “Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow” will feature edible plants that provide a vital source of food and income in rural Zimbabwe.

We are thrilled to be at Chelsea this year and grateful that this has been enabled by a generous supporter and our garden designer Jilayne Rickards. Alongside this inspirational Garden, which brings together corporate and non-profit partners – plus a passionate community of horticulturists and philanthropists – we are launching an ambitious campaign to grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses across Africa

Young women leaders in our CAMA alumnae network will join us from Zimbabwe to share their horticultural expertise with visitors at Chelsea. Once supported through school by CAMFED, they now own flourishing agricultural businesses. They are using their knowledge of sustainable, climate-smart methods to ensure that their families and communities can thrive. At the same time, they are bringing new job opportunities and growth to disadvantaged rural areas.

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Campaign for Female Education
Queen's Commonwealth Trust

Support female-led innovations for healthier, wealthier communities 

Investing in female education improves productivity, reduces hunger, creates jobs and prosperity, and reduces population growth. Investing in the next generation of African female farmers is vital in the fight against climate change, increasing resilience against climate shocks, and producing healthier, wealthier communities.

CAMFED, through our extraordinary alumnae network (the largest of its kind in rural Africa), is working to enable women agricultural entrepreneurs to lift their communities out of poverty. We provide a combination of training and mentoring, along with access to high quality tools and materials, advice, and affordable technologies that support improved productivity and climate smart approaches.

For example, a young woman may gain practical support in getting her produce to market, and in reaching new markets. We can connect her with others to share supply and distribution costs. We can support her to diversify production, moving up the agricultural value chain for improved profitability. Through CAMFED, she can access everything from subsidised government training in aquaculture to information on market pricing and weather apps.

The first 1,000 agricultural entrepreneurs will be equipped to launch their businesses using climate smart technologies, building their resilience to climatic changes. With a cost of £125 per young woman farmer, CAMFED is working to raise £125,000 to reach our goal by 2020.

Our goal is to support the launch of 1,000, women-led agricultural business by 2020. Our campaign tracker below shows our progress towards this target.

Number of businesses launched: 17

Please donate today

Help us grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses across Africa


can buy a woman seeds to set up her farming business

Donate £20


can enable a woman to prepare her land for planting crops

Donate £75


can support a woman to launch her own agricultural business

Donate £125

CAMFED at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 

Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow

Bright colours and bold leaves bring rural Zimbabwe to central London, its energy captured using vibrant hues, unusual planting, and traditional accessories. The CAMFED Garden features a range of edible plants and an outdoor learning space.

Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, the CAMFED garden will live on at The Eden Project. Their expertise in exotic flora and commitment to sustainability, makes this a fitting collaboration.

Discover more about CAMFED’s garden for women and girls.

Empowering more women entrepreneurs

Women produce much of Africa’s food, but struggle to access land, finance or training. Yet investing in female entrepreneurs improves productivity, reduces hunger, creates jobs and prosperity.

CAMFED plans to support 1,000 new agriculture businesses run by young women across sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. They’ll be supported with resources including training, mentoring, supplies and affordable technologies to improve productivity and promote climate-smart farming. Find out more about our enterprise development.

Jilayne Rickards

Meet garden designer, Jilayne Rickards

Jilayne Rickards is an award-winning garden designer with nearly 20 years’ experience creating a versatile array of gardens. Her work has been featured in Homes & Gardens, Gardeners’ World Magazine, The Garden, The English Garden, The Sunday Times and The London Evening Standard.

In 2018, she travelled to Zimbabwe to seek inspiration about the edible plants and growing methods used by CAMFED alumnae like Beauty. To trace her journey creating the ‘Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow’ garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, read Jilayne’s regular blog posts.


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If everyone visiting our garden at #RHSChelsea this week gave just £5 we would be able to hit our target for the year!