Sectors such as coffee, leather, handicrafts, textile, horticulture and services are most relevant for women exporters in sub-Saharan Africa. ACCESS! will take you through the different technical element of these sectors for a better understanding of the market requirements.
The coffee sector is the second largest export commodity for developing countries. In 2007/2008 it has generated approximately US$ 13.0 billion and an estimated 100 million persons drive a living from growing, processing and trading coffee with smallholders producing the bulk of the world’s coffee.
In many African coffee producing countries such as Burundi and Ethiopia, coffee often represents the only source of rural cash income and represents a substantial proportion of export earnings. The "Exporting Coffee Products" training module highlights the role of women in the coffee sector and will help you to define the successful keys to become a coffee exporter.
For more information about the coffee sector, please explore our exporter's guide on coffee trade information
ITC has developed this learning course as part of its continuing mission to develop and improve world trade, especially for developing countries and women entrepreneurs. The specialist authors have drawn from their experience and from the learning gained from respected works used in their personal development to enable you to:
Creative industries encompass different field of activities such as, artisanal products; visual arts or performing arts. The present training module focuses only on the handicrafts and garments sectors as part of creative industries. This shall provide well-targeted and useful knowledge for the large number of African crafts producers, many of which are women involved in the production and trade of artisanal products.
For more information about the Handicraft sector, click here
In West African countries and before industrial tanneries were introduced on the continent, small traditional tanneries run by women were found almost everywhere, and many still exist using the same transformation methods of centuries ago.
This training module makes you understand the production sequence, international markets, and African realities for the hides and skins sector.
For more information about the sector, explore our leather and trade information portal
There are over 180 different types of vegetables, 170 different types of fruits and 120 different cut flowers and plants marketed worldwide. With the demand for new and exotic fruits, vegetables and plants, the list is continually growing. Women are generally famous to be excellent horticulturists.
This module helps you to understand the horticultural sector and how it is represented over the international market.
For more information about the horticultural products, click here
Over the past decade, services have been the fastest growing sector of the world economy. Services now account for approximately two-thirds of the world’s economic activity and over half of the world’s workforce is employed by the sector.
Women tend to start businesses in the services sector helped by the expansion of new information and communication technologies. The vast majority of service firms in both developed and developing countries are microenterprises, operated by well-educated women. The sector is considered well-suited to women as they need relatively little capital and can manage their companies from a home base.