Digital Innovations Supporting Women Agri-entrepreneurs in India: Mapping Good Practices

This report is based on a collaborative project undertaken by the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as part of the activities of the Evidence module of the CGIAR GENDER Platform. The study is primarily based on insights from in-depth interviews conducted with women agri-entrepreneurs across India. The study identified the enabling role played by digital tools in women’s entrepreneurship such as networking, self-learning, upskilling and educating, e-commerce and sales, and enterprise management. The study also identified various challenges faced by women agri-entrepreneurs in the digital ecosystem. These include digital skill gap, lack of security in digital spaces, financial constraints, and lack of family support.  The findings of this study highlight the fact that women do face many challenges, but they can also seize several clear benefits by employing digital technologies. Although women agri-entrepreneurs acknowledged that digital technologies have created opportunities for them to advance in their careers, they also lack the capacity to fully realize the potential of several digital solutions.