Women make up nearly half of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. However, access to financing continues to be a challenge for women. In most countries, the share of female smallholders who can access credit is 5 percent—10 percent lower than for male smallholders. Unlocking demand for a technology at a relatively low risk can be accomplished by developing and facilitating access to gender-responsive financial products via partnerships with existing financial institutions or in-house programs.
The guide also includes a checklist that can be helpful in developing a portfolio of appropriate financial products and services to increase the sales of CES technology to both female and male clients.