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Women and Trade Networks in West Africa

Women make a significant contribution to West Africa's food economy, perpetuating a long tradition of commerce and participating in cross-border trade and regional outreach. Their activities face numerous obstacles but also present important opportunities, highlighted in this report through an unprecedented relational and spatial analysis of social networks. The study focuses on the rice sector in the Dendi region (Benin, Niger and Nigeria) and on the regional governance networks that support women's entrepreneurship. It confirms that Nigeria occupies a privileged position due to its demographics and growing urbanisation. The report proposes the development of innovative public policies based on the reinforcement of the social capital of women and policy approaches that promote better integration of the initiatives undertaken by governments, international and non-governmental organisations to empower women and strengthen their resilience.

Published on April 04, 2019Also available in: French

In series:West African Studiesview more titles

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Sahel and West Africa Club
Foreword
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
The role of women in the West African economy
Women’s participation in markets in West Africa
Mapping trade and governance networks in West Africa
Gender and cross-border trade networks
The governance networks supporting women entrepreneurs in West Africa
Obstacles and perspectives
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