Women are being increasingly recognised for their role as sustainability leaders in the field of agriculture.
But despite a concerted push to encourage women to enter the field, the number of women in the agrifood world still remains low.
In this Event Report, EURACTIV takes a look at the barriers for women to enter the profession and how we can concretely bridge the gender gap in the agrifood sector and overcome the issues women face when accessing funding.
A number of female agri entrepreneurs are not able to tap into their potential and scale up their businesses due to an unconscious bias among investors, according to Lukxmi Balathasan, business creation manager for EIT Food, who said that this results in a worse outcome for all.
On the back of the COVID pandemic, experts point to mounting evidence suggesting that women's involvement in the agrifood sector creates businesses more able to withstand crises, yet women still make up less than one-third of agri start-up leaders.
Women are faced on a daily basis by the challenges that agrifood companies are trying to solve, and have a unique perspective on the specific needs across the sector. Still, many of them adopt more cautious or conservative approaches when …