The Rallying Cry


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thought leadership report 2022

This report seeks to surface new ways to bring African women-led agribusinesses and capital together to grow and scale climate solutions.



Are you passionate about our mission to elevate African women entrepreneurs and promote investment in climate change innovation? Do activities such as communications, PR, social media, events, and content creation excite you? Can you develop and implement data-driven plans to engage and inform audiences about our programs?

Our growing initiative needs an experienced communications professional to take the reins in the newly created Communications Manager role. 

Applications closed: Program Manager

After an exciting and fast-moving first phase of activities, The Rallying Cry recently kick-started Phase 2. We require immediate support in meeting ambitious deliverables set for our Shift Narrative and Shift Capital workstreams.

We will select a cohort of qualifying women-led private sector enterprises in the agriculture sector in Zambia and Kenya to participate in a new Activator Program, building on our earlier Women Business Leaders’ Network. The new Activator Program Manager role includes program design, community coordination and project implementation.

We are seeking an experienced candidate interested in both access to finance and increased representation of African women-led SMEs in global climate finance and leadership convenings.


Catalyzing Private Sector Investment in African Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change: an Ecosystem Approach

COP27, Egypt, Sat 12 Nov 2022, 10:00-10:45 EET

The Rallying Cry will lead an ecosystem discussion to demonstrate how inclusive, scalable and replicable initiatives and models shift capital into the hands of African women business leaders.
Through one success story featuring one of The Rallying Cry’s Women Business Leaders, Bupe Mulapesi, founder & CEO, Farm23 Strawberry, and Lelemba Phiri, principal & founder, Africa Trust Group, we want to unearth possibilities and answer key questions on how different players can work together across the ecosystem to break down silos and bridge gaps.
We also want to address and introduce ways to foster collaborative partnerships that are needed to effectively address global challenges.


Fri 4 Nov 2022

SHE Changes Climate hosted a pre-COP27 summit and The Rallying Cry was excited to lead a one-of-a-kind session featuring a powerhouse of African women: Bogolo Kenewendo, COP-27 Champions Director of Africa; Chanda Katongo, Head of Client Solutions, ZANACO Bank, Bupe Mulapesi, founder & CEO, Farm23 Strawberry, Sarah Ngwenya, founder & CEO, Kalomo Grains LTD, and Lelemba Phiri, principal & founder, Africa Trust Group.

Gender-Smart Investing for food systems transformation

Tue 11 Oct 2022

Joyce Kamande, co-founder & COO, Safi Organics and an inaugural member of The Rallying Cry women business leaders network, along with Carey Bohjanen, participated in a riveting session to unearth the challenges faced by women-led SMEs to access capital for climate innovation and food systems transformation. The main aim of the discussion was to uncover existing solutions in their context.

Gender Smart investing Summit – From Traction to Transformation: Power, Proximity, Privilege, and Proof

Wed 19 Oct 2022

The Rallying Cry founder Carey Bohjanen co-facilitated with Simba Marekera, Head of Investment Management, Brightlight, an interactive and dynamic session on “Power, Proximity, Privilege, and Proof”
The crux of the conversation acknowledged that power and privilege at a systematic level is much more influential than at the individual level.

Unlocking the ripple effects of gender & climate smart investing

Wed 14 Sept 2022

The Rallying Cry founder, Carey Bohjanen moderated an online roundtable chaired by Chintal Barot Founder of Co-Sustain, Climate & Gender-Smart Investing, with keynote speaker, Tamilore Omojola, Malala Fund Fellow, Girls Education & Climate Advocate, featuring Lelemba Phiri, Principal & Founder of Africa Trust Group and Vaezi Chima, Co-Founder & C.E.O Mushili Corporation Ltd Zambia. The discussion centred on what is needed to get finance to African women leading agribusinesses on the frontlines of climate change.

Uniting Innovation and Purpose, Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society

Paris (and online)
Thur 18 Nov 2021, 16:00-18:25 CET

Headquartered in Paris and with global influence, the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is a leading international platform highlighting women’s voices and vision and creating a more inclusive future for all.

The 2021 Women’s Forum Global Meeting shone a light on power: on the use and misuse of power; the power to empower and lift others up; and the power, of course, to lead, through and beyond the pandemic. The resilience of our future economies and societies depends on our collective action now.

Joyce Kamande, Co-Founder and Head of Operations at Safi Organics, Kenya, on behalf of The Rallying Cry’s Women Business Leaders’ Network, took part virtually in a conversation featuring climate-focused innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs discussing challenges, innovation and resilience in the pandemic.

The conversation was moderated by Agathe Bousquet, President of Publicis France and Joyce’s co-panellists were Julie Page, CEO of AON UK and Marina Psaros, Head of Strategic Sustainability Initiatives at Unity Technologies.

Catalysing Investment: Women of Africa Leading Climate Smart Businesses

The Warehouse Panel
The New York Times Climate Hub
COP26, Glasgow (and online)
Mon 8 Nov 2021, 15:00-16:30 GMT

The Rallying Cry was live on stage at COP26 in Glasgow for an interactive conversation with international development investors from the 2X Collaborative, a local Zambian bank and women business leaders from Africa.

Learn how capital allocators can scale local climate solutions through more equitable financing solutions and collaborative, ecosystem-driven partnerships.

Hosted by FMO, in partnership with Kite Insights, we invited investors, changemakers and business leaders to hear from powerful women leaders about their vision for climate action.

Moderated by The Rallying Cry Founder, Carey Bohjanen, and featuring our Women Business Leaders, Joyce Kamande, COO of Safi Organics, Kenya and Prudence Muchinouta, CFO of COMACO, Zambia, together with decision-makers in global finance,  Mukwandi Chibesakunda, CEO of Zanaco, Algene Sajery VP Office of External Affairs at DFC, Lori Kerr, CEO of FinDev Canada and Jorim Schraven, Director Impact and ESG at FMO.

Washing Up: Ensuring Universal
Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The Thinktank Panel
The New York Times Climate Hub (online)
Mon 8 Nov 2021, 16:00-16:45 GMT

The absence of WASH-Fin – water, sanitation and hygiene finance – remains one of the greatest obstacles to the development of nations. Why are we failing to mobilise the necessary capital?

How can the private and public sectors be incentivized to meet our Sustainable Development Goal targets in this area? Which goals, specifically, can create new alignment between businesses, investors and governments?

Rose Wamalwa, on behalf of The Rallying Cry, shared her views and experience live from Kenya in a virtual panel during COP26 with Matt Damon and Gary White, Co-Founders of and Water Equity.

Advancing Gender Equality in Climate Action: Headline COP26 Presidency Event

COP26, Glasgow
Tue 9 Nov 2021, 11:00-13:00 GMT

Women and girls, particularly those facing intersecting inequalities, are disproportionately impacted by climate change but are also critical leaders of climate action, from local communities to global fora.

Building on the UN Women convened Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice and the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan, this event brought together ministers, business leaders and activists, to drive progress through the announcement of new, strengthened commitments.

The event showcased some of the best and brightest examples of gender equality in climate action, sending a message that the time for gender-responsive implementation is now. The Rallying Cry’s Prudence Muchinouta shared her vision for financing gender- and climate-smart agriculture in Africa, raising our call to action in the Blue Zone at COP26.

African Women Entrepreneurs Leading on the Frontlines of Climate Change, Future of Impact Summit: Accelerating an Equitable Recovery, Closing the Digital Divide

Thur 7 Oct 2021

Online fireside chat moderated by The Rallying Cry’s Founder, Carey Bohjanen, featuring Prudence Muchinouta, CFO of COMACO and Mulenga Lusafya-Mwitwa, Co-Founder of Generations Empire Limited (GEL) discussing how investors can make funding more accessible for African women in agribusiness working on climate adaptation and resilience solutions.

UNFCCC Race to Zero Feature: “One continent cannot continue to bear the burden of the actions of a whole planet” – Prudence Muchinouta

Thur 23 Sep 2021

Prudence Muchinouta is Chief Financial Officer of COMACO, a social enterprise that supports wildlife conservation and 225,000 food-secure farmers in the elephant-rich Luangwa Valley of Zambia.

She is a member of The Rallying Cry and contributed a letter ahead of COP26 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Our World in Your Hands project.

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