Barclays Bank of Botswana continues to contribute and support Botswana’s agricultural sector. The bank remains committed to delivering relevant, innovative and value- adding solutions to empower and support local Agribusiness.

On the 17th of August 2018, Barclays Bank of Botswana hosted 20 young female farmers to a high tea, facilitated by the Agri- business unit. The aim of the engagement was to share skills, knowledge and deepen relationships with the agricultural community.

“Barclays Bank of Botswana recognises the role that young female farmers play in support of economic diversification, job creation and food security. We believe that effective capacity building programmes and a vibrant extensive service are important interventions that can turnaround the Agric sector and output and also contribute to both food security and GDP.” said Reinette van der Merwe, Managing Director, Barclays Bank of Botswana.

The high tea was attended by various young female farmer enthusiasts drawn from different agriculture sectors, ranging from horticulture, poultry, cattle and small stock farming. The engagement was headlined by the Managing Director of Barclays Bank of Botswana, Ms. Reinette van der Merwe who shared with young farmers her experience and gave advise on leadership.

Barclays views Agriculture as an important and essential sector in the economy of the country hence its support of various strategic initiatives across the sector including knowledge and skills transfer, exchange and training.

“More than half of Africa’s population is made up of young people. As such, it’s very important for us to be working with young farmers, who are vital to securing Botswana’s food security. AgriBusiness continues to be a very important sector for us at Barclays and we are keen to support young farmers as well as other strategic initiatives like field days organised by different farming blocks.” concluded Andre Potgieter, Head of Business Banking.