Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Women Food Entrepreneurs in Kenya and Burkina Faso. Building inclusive business models for food security in the city slums of Kisumu and Ouagadougou

Programme group Governance and Inclusive Development

Dr. Nicky Pouw was granted the NWO-WOTRO grant for a 4-years research project that aims to strengthen women’s food entrepreneurship in city slums in Kenya & Burkina Faso, based on an integrated understanding of the complex interactions between soil quality, food production and quality and nutrition for vulnerable groups.

The project has a transdisciplinary team of social and natural scientists, Dutch, Kenyan and Burkinabé entrepreneurs, government and civil society actors, and community-based women groups.


Through a comparative analysis between Kisumu and Ouagadougou, this project will address the constraints faced by women as: (i) food producers in (peri-)urban gardens; (ii) food processors; and (iii) food marketeers, within diversified physical, environmental, social and policy contexts. The project will (a) co-design and field-test hybrid food production and processing technologies; and (b) enhance and propomte women’s business knowledge and skills through inclusive business models. 

Funding: NWO WOTRO grant 

Consortium: Faculty of Natural Sciences (University of Amsterdam), Netherlands Agro, Food and Technology Centre (NAFTC) (The Netherlands), Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Sante de Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkino Faso), Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE) (Kenya), Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and Development (Kenya), Koninklijk Instituut boor de Tropen (The Netherlands), and BodemBergsma.  

Published by  AISSR

30 April 2015