Mobilizing capital for women-owned agri-SMEs in Indonesia

Empowering communities for a just agri-food system transformation


Investing in women-owned small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises (agri-SMEs) in Indonesia can empower communities and contribute to a just agri-food systems transformation, which is key to addressing the root causes of many environmental and social challenges.

Driving capital into this segment presents a unique opportunity for investors looking to achieve social and environmental outcomes through their investments, with a gender lens. This approach holds promise for addressing the persistent equity gap for women in the agriculture sector: women often face discrimination in access to land, capital, inputs, information and training.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) approach emphasizes social outcomes alongside commercial ones. Women agripreneurs are a vital part of Indonesia’s booming ag-tech sector and represent many hundreds of millions of dollars of agricultural export revenues. Backing their enterprises means betting on proven managers in the region’s largest and most dynamic market.

Through sector dialogue, analytical publications, investor-agripreneur matchmaking, and training on a digital finance tool, this agri-SME finance deep-dive initiative seeks to unpack challenges and highlight opportunities for gender-lens investment in the Indonesian agri-SME sector, while connecting the broader financing ecosystem to spur future collaboration and continued learning.


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Author: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Publisher: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Language: Egnlish

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Asia, Indonesia

This publication is focused on value chains in support of the work of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR), with funding from the Global Environment Facility.

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