On her first day in Rwanda, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka the UN Women executive director visited Coopcuma Farmer’s Cooperative in Gatsibo District in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, to learn more about the innovative “Buy From Women” platform. The platform is a mobile-enabled supply chain that connects women farmers to information, finance and markets. The key partner in this platform is UN Women, WFP and RDO as the implementing partner.
The Executive Director was accompanied by Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Esperance Nyirasafari, Permanent Secretary ministry of agriculture and animal resources, Mr. Jean Claude KAYISINGA, UN Women’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa as well as Country Representatives for Rwanda, Malawi and South Africa, Vice Mayor in charge of Economic and Development Affairs of Gatsibo District Manzi Theogene, FAMA regional coordinator Mr.s Saori Kitajima and RDO executive secretary Mr. Eugene Rwibasira.
Members of the Farmer’s Cooperative welcome UN Women Executive Director, Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion and others to Gatsibo District in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Photo: UN Women/Franz Stapelberg
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka receives a demonstration of the Buy from Women mobile platform from Mr. Mubiligi Augustine, systems coordinator BFW project. Photo: UN Women/Franz Stapelberg
During her visit, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka acknowledged the government and people of Rwanda for ensuring strong women’s representation in the government as well corporate leadership to ensure an economy that works for the people.
“Today, we celebrate the importance of creating an economy that works for people, a cooperative in agriculture that addresses hunger, nutrition and generates income for the people who are living in this part of the country. It is only when we can join these efforts across the villages, across the regions, across continents, across the world that we can truly say, we are creating an inclusive economy, and an economy that works for people,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said.