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„Game Changers - Women in Agriculture“

Women make the difference. The potential of women to drive rural development is enormous. Despite of all the progress that has been made, women’s capabilities remain underutilized. We want to change that! And we want to learn from seven women who are transforming their villages, their provinces, their countries. Women who are bringing about lasting change. The real “game changers”.

Seven Women who change their communities

As gardeners, entrepreneurs, founders and presidents of farmers' organizations, the seven award winners have initiated major changes in their villages and their wider sphere. They have improved the food supply, found local solutions to the challenges of climate change, built value chains and created new income opportunities of which local people benefit - in doing so, they have been outstanding in initiating change and bringing about a transformation that has improved the living conditions of many. This is why the jury awards them as "Game Changers".


"With this award we honor courageous rural women who have changed the traditional rules of their society and who, despite great resistance, show that women are essential for sustainable development and societal progress", said Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and patroness of the award.



Get to Know our Winners


Janet Adade

Ramwati Adiwashi

Bariétou Agbere

Euphrasie Dassoundo Assogba

Akech Manyuat Gong
South Sudan

Juliette Pyalo Sebou

Krishna Radha

The idea behind "Game Changers"

The BMZ initiated the award in spring 2020 to highlight the potential of women for rural development as well as their importance for achieving SDG2 - ending hunger and malnutrition. 13 international partner organizations of the special initiative ONE WORLD - No Hunger followed the call and nominated 48 women from 16 countries.



The winners were selected at the beginning of August by an international and independent jury composed of six members, including Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General responsible of the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development: "As a member of the jury for the “Game Changers – Women in Agriculture” Award I had the honor and the pleasure and the opportunity to learn about the achievements of 48 exceptional and committed women and leaders in agriculture. To me they are all winners and they are essential role models for women empowerment and equal participation".


"Across the world, the role of women in agriculture is crucial. Yet women are widely discriminated against when it comes to land rights, participation in policy-making, decision-making and access to finance and resources. However, there is also good news. We see an increased number of women in taking the lead in sustainable food production and in diversification of the agricultural value chains. The “Game Changers – Women in Agriculture” initiative by GIZ is an amazing way to celebrate those women, those remarkable women".

Marjeta Jager, DG DEVCO and Jury-Member

The seven winners will each receive a sponsorship for further education and training measures worth EUR 1,500. An exhibition about them and the potential of women for rural development will go online on this website on 8 December 2020.


“Game Changers – Women in Agriculture” was initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) has been commissioned by BMZ with the implementation and coordination of the initiative.


For further information, please contact the Sector Project Sustainable Rural Areas, Contact person: Dorothea Hohengarten.