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Agrowomen (Agriculture Women and Entrepreneurship

Cereals and oil seeds processing unit aiming at contributing to women economic empowerment in Mali.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Agrowomen (Agriculture, Women and Entrepreneurship)

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Kati, Mali

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I was born and grow up in Kati.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

A press document on me

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.


We solve an issue of high rate of exportation of sesame in Mali. The field of sesame is neglected in Mali. There is a need for processing of Malian sesame. Only 5 percent of Malian sesame is use for consumption and the 95 percent is exported outside the country.  So, Agrowomen will fix this huge exportation issue by adding a value to this local product. An industrialization of the field of sesame is needed. We fight again food security and women and young joblessness . Several enterprises buy and export Malian sesame, but it not common to see processing unit which process sesame seeds in order to add value to it. Aware of this, team Agrowomen decide to innovate and industrialize the field of sesame by targeting Malian market, by choosing women as an integrated part of  enterprise Agrowomen, by using ICTs in order to better satisfy our clients. Moreover, 61 % women are active in the agricultural sector in developing countries. Women and girls economic empowerment in rural areas is a serious issue in Mali. Women don’t profit much about their production. They are facing issues such as lack of access to land and credit, lack of revenue from their work, and lack of training. It is obvious that Women economic empowerment can influence not only girls ’education but also rural development. Access to quality  and natural food is also a huge issue. People are affected by heath issues such as: obesity, heart-attack and hyper-tension.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Our solution is to add value to Malian local sesame through sesame processing, to innovate and industrialize the field of cereals in Mali. We focus on quality and natural product with a Malian label and to contribute to women economic empowerment in Kati, Mali.In 10 years, Agrowomen will be the leader of cereals processing and selling enterprise in Mali. We will create 30 (20 direct jobs and 10 indirect jobs) in 5 years.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

AGROWOMEN is cereals and oilseeds  processing startup in Kati, Mali. We contribute to the development in Mali through value addition, women and youth economic empowerment. Our activities will be based on processing and selling of local cereals. We will produce sesame seeds in order to sell it because this product hides in itself an unknown value which is not known by a large amount of people.   This product has a great need on the national market due to its taste.  Agrowomen is committed to fight for good health of people by the promotion of sesame snacks, oil and seeds. This production will conduct to a by-product (animal feed). Through our survey, this process will contribute to sustainable development in sesame production areas through sesame processing. The main goal of Agrowomen is to become a leading company in order to be on Malian market and abroad in order to avoid the lack of sesame and to contribute also to the agro- economic development of sesame processing areas.

 Passionate about community development, We process sesame seeds and produce its by-products such as: Snacks, oil, seeds and rice. We empower and assist women farmers in natural food farming.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Agrowomen is a social venture startup which aims at empowering women and girls through cereals and oilseeds exploitation (processing, production and selling). We extract sesame oil and produce its by-products (oil, biscuits, breads, snacks, cakes, animal foods, and rice . We will sell our products to restaurants, supermarkets, and online). Agrowomen is an initiqtive of Fily Keita, a bachelor’s degree holder and aspiring social entrepreneur.

Target Market

As a start-up which is at its initial stage, Agrowomen plans to open 2 distribution Shop in Kati and Bamako. They would like also to export their products on national and international market in the future. Agrowomen’s target market is health seekers (old people, women, and fats people).

Why Agrowomen?

Agrowomen is created in order to empower women and girls through sesame exploitation. It is a mean for rural development, it a social venture which will add a value to Malian sesame. Only 5% of Malian sesame is consumed inside, the 90 % is exported outside Mali. So Agrowomen will fix this huge exportation issue by adding a value to this local product.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Email


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Photo of Nanamoye Koina

Proud of you dear
keep it up
the best is coming

Photo of Fily kEITA

Thank you my darling

Photo of Mohamed Sangare

Courage Fily kEITA 

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Thank you Mohamed

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Agrowomen is a great model and initiative of women empowerment through business and entrepreneurship solutions in rural Mali. #Fily Keita's inspirational leadership gives hope to geneations that local opportunities exisit for business success and community actions.

Photo of Fily kEITA

Thanks a bunch Dramé

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Hi Fily kEITA  Great to see you joining the Prize!

We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Prize. Even if you've not started populating your Vision just yet, by publishing your submission you can make it public for other teams in your region to see, get in touch and possibly even collaborate with you.

You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your Vision at any time before 31 January 2020 by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. If you need inspiration or guidance, take a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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Ok Thanks

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Hi Fily kEITA ,

A friendly reminder the final deadline to publish your currently unpublished submission to the Prize is less than 2 days away! Please ensure you have clicked "Publish" at the top of your post before January 31, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to ensure your submission is eligible.

As you refine your submission in the final hours, feel free to refer to the Food Vision Prize Toolkit. linked here: