FAO/IAFN Accelerator Mentorship Programme for Women-Led SMEs
The International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are starting a pilot program called the Accelerator Mentorship Programme to help women business owners overcome major obstacles and hurdles.
Its goal is to give you access to knowledge products and tools that will help you expand your business. 50 female entrepreneurs who work in the agri-food industry in Sub-Saharan Africa will be chosen to take part in the program’s inaugural year, which is set to start in October 2022.
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Summary of the Scholarship
Sub-Saharan African nations are eligible to participate in the category “Training.”
Reward: Education, coaching, certification, and networking
the 29th day of August 2022
The following elements will be part of the accelerator mentoring program:
Individual mentoring Through a matchmaking scheme, each participant will be matched with a mentor, a leader or expert in their area of need, and will receive one-on-one coaching and consultation for six months.
Tools for building capacity and specialized instruction to improve hard skills. According to her interests, requirements, and priorities, each participant will be required to finish 2 of the required courses and choose at least 2 of the optional ones. Participants will also have access to a huge selection of tools and knowledge resources.
Interaction with world leaders and workshops. Participants will have access to knowledge-exchange sessions, peer learning, and networking with each other and with invited experts through combined workshop sessions with subject-matter experts, allowing for interactive moments. The IAFN will also offer advice and special courses on how to get funding, like those on creating business strategies and/or bankable ideas. These workshop sessions will be videotaped and made available in a password-protected specialized area of the FAO CONNECT Portal, which participants can access if they would like to refer to them later or in case they missed a session. There will be an opportunity for interaction with business mentors and executives after each workshop.
At the program’s conclusion, FAO and IAFN management will host a virtual graduation ceremony where participants will receive certificates of achievement.
Participation in the program does not ensure that any loans or sales will occur. Its goal is to give you access to knowledge products and tools that will help you expand your business. 50 female entrepreneurs who work in the agri-food industry in Sub-Saharan Africa will be chosen to take part in the program’s inaugural year, which is set to start in October 2022.
In addition, the chosen participants will supply a few clips or quick movies demonstrating their enterprises and their program participation experiences. The FAO CONNECT Portal will compile and publish experiences.
You must: in order to be taken into consideration for the FAO/IAFN Accelerator Programme.
Be a female business owner and leader of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) engaged in the agrifood industry in the Sub-Saharan African region.
possess a Sub-Saharan African country origin
Be prepared for a total of six virtual meetings, once a month, with your designated mentor.
Prepare to finish 4 courses with the FAO eLearning Academy (self-paced programmes)
Program Length and Benefit
The six-month program runs from October 2022 to March 2023.
Those chosen women business owners will receive:
An individual coaching/mentoring opportunity
a selection of accessible alternatives for a sequence of custom trainings to improve hard skills
opportunities for peer learning, networking, and knowledge exchange; and
Links or access to tools created by the FAO, IAFN, and other organizations.
Approach to Application
By September 30, 2022, applicants will be informed whether or not their submission was accepted.
The online application form can be filled out by interested candidates by clicking the link below.