Agri-ProFocus Learning Network
Why use this tool?
One of the most important gaps in service delivery is related to gender. Often the lack of use of services by women is awarded to their lack of interest: “women are not interested in technical training” and so on. Rarely service providers and producer associations try to understand the causes why women are not accessing their services.
This tool gives new insight and inputs to service providers and economic associations for the design of products and services assuring gender equality and women empowerment. At the same time, it can be used to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their services from a gender perspective.
This is a participatory tool to be used in workshops with a group of producers, processors, businessmen and women, inviting men and women. As most economic actors are family businesses, it is important that both husband and wife are invited to attend the workshop. Invite service providers as observers.
Homogeneous subgroups with different needs think about current service delivery and the gap between needs and supply. By discussing results in plenary sessions insight is gained in the needs of the different subgroups and recommendations can be made to improve service delivery to fit the needs of the different subgroups.
Lindo Patricia, Vanderschaeghe Mieke, Javier Sánchez. Workshop for the validation of tools for addressing gender in producer organizations, HIVOS, 2009.
Workshop in Coffee Cooperative “José Alfredo Zeledón”, San Juan de Río Coco, Nicaragua