EMPOWERING WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN AGRICULTURE WORLDWIDE
African Women in Agriculture Alliance (AWIAA) is the first black women owned non-profit NGO focused on women of African descent ONLY in the world.
AWIAA BOARD MEMBER
AUGUST 3, 2021
The AWIAA Pledge
Our Pledge – “Everything about the descendant of an African woman is powerful. From her hair to her skin to her skills in her field to her connection to agriculture, as she is the descendant of an African Woman. So today, I pledge to be blessed, confident and resilient as I am a descendant of an African Woman in Agriculture!”
Legacy Building Committment
As a member of AWIAA you commit to save 10% of your profits to build a legacy for your family. This is only controlled by YOU and we do not take any responsibility for any of your legacy building funds. However, we ask that you save these funds to potentially match with the programs provided by the AWIAA. We also want to ensure that this alliance of African women has a foundation to start or continue their legacy through the African Women In Agriculture Alliance.
Who We Are
The AWIAA was founded by Ms. Davisha L Johnson, who has been an advocate for women’s empowerment, agriculture and small business for over 15 years. As an African American female entrepreneur, mother of four, small business owner and global advocate for black farmers she has seen firsthand the work that women have done in farming, policy, advocacy, education, training and business. After traveling to Ghana in October 2019, Ms. Johnson was met with some adversity from males in the agriculture industry, which was to be expected. However, the disrespect, arrogance and untimely miseducation of the future of the agricultural industry on the continent was so outrageous that Ms. Johnson knew she must take action. So, in any male dominated industry she decided it was time for the African woman’s voice to be heard.
So, the African Women in Agriculture Alliance (AWIAA) was created as an idea in November 2019 as a way to empower and design a sustainable vertically integrated eco system of African women in agriculture worldwide. While the women work the farms, carry the goods, sell the goods, produce the products, design the brand, market the goods, etc. the men still think women don’t have a voice. NOT ANYMORE! African Women in Agriculture Alliance (AWIAA) has formed an alliance with Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American, Afro-Asian and Afro-Latina women around the world to form the African Women in Agriculture Alliance. AWIAA is the only black women owned non-profit focused on the agriculture sector for African Women exclusively in the world. Our members don’t have to be born in Africa but must be of African descent to join the AWIAA.
"We take pride in focusing on our own people, our own legacies and the power of the African woman.” – Founder, Davisha L. Johnson
It’s time for African, Afro-American, Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Asian women to all align ourselves under one common goal to empower ourselves to be great for the generations to come. (The AWIAA will be registered in the Republic of Ghana in January 2021.)
African Women In Agriculture Alliance (AWIAA)
“ONLY 5% OF ALL AGRICULTURAL SERVICES BENEFIT WOMEN FARMERS ACCORDING TO AN FAO SURVEY OF 97 COUNTRIES. ONLY 10% OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES BENEFITS WOMEN. WORLDWIDE, ONLY 15% OF AGRICULTURAL CONSULTANTS AE WOMEN. WE NEED A VOICE AND SUPPORT!!!"
HIWOT SCHULTE - CO-FOUNDER, PAN AFRICAN INDUSTRIAL HEMP ASSOCIATION