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

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 called CAMA (the largest of its kind in rural Africa), is working to enable female 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.

Find out more about the CAMFED climate-smart Agriculture Guide Program here.

Help us grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses

With a cost of £125 per young woman farmer, CAMFED is working to raise £125,000 to support the launch of 1,000, women-led agricultural business by the end of 2020.

They will be equipped to launch their businesses using climate-smart technologies, building their resilience to climatic changes.

Our campaign tracker shows our progress towards this target.

Number of businesses we can launch so far: 101

Help us grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses

With a cost of £125 per young woman farmer, CAMFED is working to raise £125,000 to support the launch of 1,000, women-led agricultural business by the end of 2020.

They will be equipped to launch their businesses using climate-smart technologies, building their resilience to climatic changes.

Our campaign tracker shows our progress towards this target.

Number of businesses launched: 101

Please donate today

Help us grow 1,000 women-led agricultural businesses


With a cost of £125 per young woman farmer, CAMFED is working to raise £125,000 to support the launch of 1,000, women-led agricultural business by the end of 2020.

They will be equipped to launch their businesses using climate-smart technologies, building their resilience to climatic changes.

£20

can buy a woman seeds to set up her farming business

Donate £20

£75

can enable a woman to prepare her land for planting crops

Donate £75

£125

can support a woman to launch her own agricultural business

Donate £125

CAMFED women in agriculture brochure

Women in Agriculture
Growing New Opportunities in Africa 

Read more about the opportunities for young women in rural Africa to grow climate-smart agricultural businesses - addressing hunger and providing secure employment at scale.

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The CAMFED Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Bright colours and bold leaves brought rural Zimbabwe to central London. Our partner communities, and the young women and girls we support, were the inspiration for a vibrant garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“Giving Girls in Africa a Space to Grow” featured edible plants that provide a vital source of food and income in rural Zimbabwe.

We were absolutely thrilled that the Garden, designed by Jilayne Rickards, garnered a Gold Medal and the People’s Choice Award in the Space to Grow category.   

The Garden will live on at the Eden Project in Cornwall, which grew thousands of the plants for the event.

Read more about our successes on Twitter and Instagram.

Photos from the CAMFED Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The CAMFED Garden at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Meet the designer of the CAMFED Garden, Jilayne Rickards

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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