Mama Rachel Ruto calls on African governments to facilitate women’s access to finance for Green Growth

First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto has called on African governments to facilitate women’s access to finance for green growth.

The First Lady said women have already demonstrated their capacity to drive the sector.

She made the remarks during the high-level session on Green Growth and Women Economic Empowerment at the ongoing Africa Climate Summit 2023 in Nairobi.

“Facilitating access to credit, grants and financial opportunities empowers women to invest in activities related to sustainable land use,” she said.

The First Lady said empowered women have the potential to positively change the lives of millions.

“As a continent, we have the most unutilised arable land in the world that can ensure food security through sustainable land use,” she added.

She highlighted the contributions of women entrepreneurs in Africa who have demonstrated their capacity for Green Growth by leading innovative solutions.

She said women have invested in renewable energy and start-ups related to sustainable agriculture.

“Providing access to modern techniques and supporting women farmers can enhance food security,” Mama Rachel Ruto added.

The Deputy President’s wife, Dorcas Gachagua, said African women are very hardworking.

“All they need is access to affordable capital,” she said.

She said Africa was making a serious statement about its future at the ongoing climate conference.

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, announced its commitment to support women’s activities across Africa.

He pledged $23 million for restoration work in Kenya’s Rift Valley and the Rusizi Basin, which spans Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Unlocking finance is key to restoring degraded land and combating climate change,” said Nardos Bekele-Thomas, the Executive Secretary of the African Union Development Agency – NEPAD.