Project profile — Investing in Women in South Sudan - African Enterprise Challenge Fund


2021-06-23 - 2026-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Sudan (100.00%)


• Business And Other Services: Business Development Services (25030) (20.00%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (20.00%)
Agricultural extension (31166) (20.00%)
Agricultural services (31191) (20.00%)
Agricultural financial services (31193) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)


This project aims to financially empower women working in the agricultural sector as entrepreneurs, smallholder farmers, producers, and employees, and address the barriers preventing women from participating in agricultural value chains in South Sudan. This project supports the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund to award competitive performance-based grants and “innovation prize” funding to women entrepreneurs, producer groups, and small businesses offering employment, products and services that benefit women, and address barriers to women’s participation in agriculture. Project activities include: (1) supporting smallholder farmers to adopt new technologies to improve productivity, and providing training on early hazard warning systems, post harvest management, and climate smart agriculture; (2) providing financial literacy and business skills training, training on land laws and rights, and investment advisory services, and (3) working with women’s rights organizations and communities to address societal norms that keep women at home and significantly limit their participation in the formal agricultural sector.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced gender-specific barriers for women’s participation in agricultural value chains; (2) increased adoption of gender-sensitive climate smart agricultural practices, and (3) improved employment or livelihoods for women in agriculture and food systems.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,000,000
Planned disbursement $3,538,227
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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