Agri-ProFocus Learning Network
As you all know gender and vcd is a challenge, even more so in Ethiopia, which performs worse on gender indicators than many other sub-saharan African countries. So in this respect some good news:
Regards Andre Vording ICCO
Yes, working in value chain is really challenging work for especially in developing countries and even so hard from gender perspectives. Because most of the women are farmers who have least role in decision making and there is large gap between farmer and other actor in value chain. While conducting the value chain workshop in Nepal, I have also experienced that the participation in value chain training and workshop was dominated by other agents than farmers and especially by man than women. This is because the educational, social and economic gaps between different values chain actors. It is really good to know that the membership and participation of women is increasing however, there should be careful consideration for making their active participation as well. There should be careful selection of staffs working in the project who is familiar to the community and is known about the conditions and emotions of women participant so that they can provide proper facilitation.
Special focus needs to be given in the initial stage of the project. For example, targeting to women and gender is necessary. The High Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas (HVAP) in Nepal is a joint initiation of Government of Nepal/Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) and IFAD in partnership with SNV focused gender as the following:
(i) Develop gender responsive and socially inclusive policies to create a gender friendly and socially inclusive environment
(ii) Institutionalise the role of ‘gender focal point’ to ensure processes addressing GSI issues/concerns
(iii) Target interventions to ensure the participation of women and excluded groups in planning and implementation processes and promote equal access to resources and benefit
(iv) Balance the workload within households participating in value chains to optimise the positive impact on the target population and reduce drudgery and other negative impacts
(v) Build the capacity of value chain actors, including women and excluded groups, to create responsive and inclusive value chains by enhancing the skills and knowledge of the target groups so that they may better participate in VCD
(vi) Monitor and evaluate interventions to ensure that GSI issues are well addressed in VCD
(vii) Strengthen information and communication systems to ensure that relevant information is delivered via appropriate media based on the needs of target groups at all levels.
Hope this gave you some insight in addressing gender in value chains.