Gagnants GenARDIS : formation en TIC pour une meilleur gestion des groupements féminins au Burkina Faso

AquaDeD_ONG_Groupement GenARDIS Bopa_1

Dans la province de Sissili, au Burkina Faso, les femmes se sont regroupées pour former des associations et des groupes pour générer des revenus. Malheureusement, il leur manque les connaissances organisationelles et techniques pour bien gérer leurs activités et promouvoir leurs produits. La Fédération Provinciale des Professionnels Agricoles de la Sissili (FE.P.P.A.SI) va donc former des femmes de plusieurs organisations de a région, afin d’accroître leurs connaissances techniques et ainsi améliorer la gestion de leurs activités économiques, et défendre leurs intérêts.

Quels sont les problèmes liés au genre et au TIC à résoudre ?

Le Burkina-Faso est un pays enclavé de l’Afrique subsaharienne où l’agriculture est la principale source de revenus. Plus de 90% de la population vivent de l’agriculture. La grande majorité des producteurs pratiquent une agriculture de subsistance qui génère des revenus assez faibles.

Gagnants GenARDIS : établir un réseaux de femmes internautes agricoles en République Démocratique du Congo

Uvira, République Démocratique du Congo

Dans la région d’Uvira, en République Démocratique du Congo, les femmes constituen la majorité de la populatinon des pauvres. Elles vivent principalement de l’agriculture, mais ce sont les hommes qui sont propriétaires des champs qu’elle travaillent. Comme elles sont pauvres, elle ne peuvent accéder aux intrants, outils et technologies agricoles ; et n’a encore moins les connaissances pour communiquer et changer sa situation. Le Groupe African d’Experts pour le Développement (GRAFED) cherche alors a mettre en place un réseau de femmes rurales internautes aux fins de promouvoir les échanges et la vulgarisation des technologies agropastorales appropriées et le plaidoyer.

Quels sont les problèmes liés au genre et aux TIC à résoudre ?

Les femmes rurales d’Uvira constituent la majorité de la population et des pauvres dans ce territoire. Elles vivent essentiellement de l’agriculture.

Gangants GenARDIS : L’apport des TIC à l’autonomisation des femmes productrices des produits de pêche au Bénin

Cotonou, Benin

Au Bénin, la pêche est l’une des industries les plus importantes, mais dans ce secteur où les activités sont divisées, le rôle souvent artisanal des femmes est souvent ignoré. L’ONG Aquaculture et Développement Durable (AquaDeD ONG), gagnant de GenARDIS en décembre 2008, aide à renforcer les capacités des femmes afin de les autonomiser dans la gestion technique, commerciale, financière et administrative de leurs activités.

Au Bénin, la pêche est l’une des industries les plus importantes.

GenARDIS grantees: ICTs help Dominican women farmers better run their cooperatives

LA CIÉNAGA, Dominican Republic

Fundación Taigüey combined ICTs, women’s empowerment and agro-processing empowerment in their project Empowering women in managing rural cooperatives with relevant ICTs and e-business tools, which was awarded with a GenARDIS grant last December.
Victoria Rodriguez is working hard on turning these innovative ideas into reality.

GenARDIS grantees: Women learning from other women in northern Ethiopia

MEKELLE, Ethiopia

The project Women Learning Women (WLW): Women-led Documentation and Community Information Centres in the region of Tigray, northern Ethiopia, was awarded a GenARDIS grant last December. Being implemented throughout 2009, the aim of the project is to experiment with new documentation methods that are led by women farmers, in order to see whether and how this form of documentation can complement that done by researchers, adding value by giving the women’s perspectives.

GenARDIS grantees: Women teachers have a role to play in rural communities in Nigeria


Olanla village is an agrarian community in Nigeria. GenARDIS grantee Information Development Network (I-DevNet) is planning to train women teachers, the literate people in the village, on how to use internet and mobile phones to make things work better for everyone involved, especially women farmers, who are the most vulnerable group of the process.

Announcing the finalists for GenARDIS round 3

February 9, 2009 MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay

Information is power. Accessing updated information on market prices though a mobile phone or a telecentre can helpsmall scale farmers to sell their products at better prices and can thus potentially increase the income for their whole families. There are some development initiatives trying to make information and commmunication technologies (ICTs) more accesible to rural and remote areas but women are being left out of this empowering process.

Connecting gender, agriculture and the information society: GenARDIS kick-off workshop

November 10, 2008 MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay

Seven women and thirteen men from Anglophone and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean met during the last days of September in Gorée Island, Senegal. They have many things in common, but one in particular is their ability to make innovative connections in gender, agriculture and information and communication technologies (ICTs). This ability has led them to be finalists of the Gender, Agricultural and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund.

Announcing the short-listed candidates for GenARDIS round 3

August 25, 2008 Cape Town, SA

The Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) Small Grants Fund is delighted to announce that twenty projects have been short-listed as possible GenARDIS grantees.

Geographic and creative diversity

The short-listed proposals come from sixteen countries in Africa and the Caribbean, ranging from the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent on over the Atlantic Ocean to rock-skip throughout western Africa in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Congo. Eastern Africa and Southern Africa also have their share of representation with projects from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Congratulations to the short-listed GenARDIS round 3 candidates

  1. Benin, Use of ICTs for popularising agricultural information and building production and management capacity with two groups of women producers and product transformers
  2. Burkina Faso, Initiating 30 women in charge of 15 women groups (members of FEPPASI) to computing
  3. Burundi, Setting up a rural women’s network in order to increase information exchange, to sensitise people to appropriate agro-pastoral technologies and for advocacy
  4. Cameroon, Promoting the use of ICTs for market information exchange among women producers in Cameroon
  5. Democratic Republic of Congo, Creation of a rural women internet-users network using ICTs for the exchange and popularisation of agricultural, pastoral, social, economic and political information
  6. Democratic Republic of Congo, Sisters Informing and Supporting Sisters Initiative (SISSI): Increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability through ICT and partnerships in Small-Scale Rural Women Farmers of Uvira
  7. Dominican Republic, Empowering women in managing rural cooperatives with relevant ICTs and e-business tools
  8. Ethiopia, Women innovators document their own innovation and experimentation in Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia
  9. Ghana, eWomen in Development Leadership
  10. Ghana, Gender Issues and Women's Livelihoods Improvement Project
  11. Kenya, CoreRooms - Computer Science Opportunities and Resources Portal for Kenyan Female University Students
  12. Mali, Improvement of agricultural women's access to ICT opportunities in the region of Sikasso
  13. Nigeria, Building the ICT capacity of women teachers in a rural community in Nigeria to communicate agricultural information
  14. Nigeria, “Majelissa yan Mata Manoma!”: A meeting place for Hausa Women Farmers on FM Radio
  15. St. Vincent, Empowering Caribbean Women Farmers Through ICT
  16. Tanzania, ICT and women empowerment in crop marketing in Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania
  17. Togo, Strengthening rural women's access to ICTs in Kpélé-Akata, where ICTs are understood as tools for economic and community education development
  18. Uganda, Increasing Small-Scale Women Farmers’ Revenues in Kabarole and Kyenjojo Districts of Western Uganda by Using Sustainable ICT4D-Enabled Production and Marketing Tools
  19. Zambia, ICT Women Co-operative Group
  20. Zambia, Promoting the culture of ICT enabled access to agriculture information among Kapiri Rural Women Farmers, and capacity building for SMS-based access to market information service.
  21. Zimbabwe, Promoting ICT use for the healthy small scale waste water irrigation of vegetable crops amongst the rural women of Zimbabwe

GenARDIS: More than just a seed grant fund

August 15, 2008

The third round of the Gender, Agricultural and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund got off to a roaring start in June 2008, with over 230 proposals in English and French pouring into the fund's digital inbox. This time around, donor partners took time out to evaluate GenARDIS. They captured advice of past grantees to enrich GenARDIS' already fertile seed grant work with increased capacity building.