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This toolkit intends to motivate and help practitioners in integrating a gender perspective in agricultural value chain development by providing practical tools for all stages of the value chain intervention.
The toolkit provides an overview of material available on gender and value chains. The tools are selected from manuals produced by USAID, SNV, GIZ, ILO, KIT, Oxfam and other organisations and build on knowledge consolidated in the Agri-ProFocus Gender in Value Chains Network.
There are two types of tools:
The toolkit follows the logic of the value chain development project cycle:
The ‘Downloads’ section of this toolkit provides an overview of all tools per chapter and sub chapter. It is also possible to download all tools at once. Click Downloads
In the ‘Sharing’ section you can find the experiences of others with the use of this toolkit, also completely different tools relevant for gender sensitive value chain development can be share here. APF will review these posts and will adjust tools on the website accordingly. Click Sharing
The tools are, as much as possible, described according to the original documents available in the public domain. Given the different origin of the tools, this toolkit does not pretend to provide a coherent set of tools. It aims at providing information on tools for gender sensitive value chain development available on the internet in a summarized form allowing practitioners to select the tools which best suit the organization, way of working and philosophy.
Gender vs women
Women are a category of people; gender is the socially constructed difference between women and men. The meaning society gives to the roles of men and women results in certain power relations and dynamics. As a consequence, inequality in people’s capacity to make choices exists. Because women are often lagging behind in this respect, many tools are focused on empowering women. However, for changing gender relations in society input of both men and women are required.
This toolkit is not a ready-made recipe to integrate gender into your value chain development project. It rather offers a range of tools that can be used per stage of your intervention. It is up to the practitioner to decide which combination of tools to use.
It is the responsibility of the practitioner to adjust the tools to his or her specific situation.
Most tools describe one step in a process (e.g the data collection, or the participatory analysis). The design of the other steps in the process and the involvement of the right mix of people in the different steps is the task of the practitioner.
The toolkit strives to be a low-threshold portal for the value chain practitioner. We believe in the concept of ‘open knowledge’. We want to make tools not only ‘available’ and ‘accessible’ but also ‘adjustable’. Therefore we encourage you to use and adjust the tools and to share your experiences and adjustments with us. We are also interested in other tools you consider useful. Experiences can be shared by going to the ‘Sharing tab’ in the table of content.
In return we would like to be mentioned as source for the material, so that others can also join our growing network.
The content of this Toolkit has been developed by Angelica Senders of Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services, Anna Lentink of Triodos Facet and Mieke Vanderschaeghe, independent consultant, with support of Roel Snelder of Agri-ProFocus Netherlands.
The tools are taken from manuals produced by practitioners and organisations, available in the public domain or made available through the Agri-ProFocus Gender in value chains network. The toolkit relies strongly on manuals produced by: USAID, SNV, GIZ, KIT, Oxfam and ILO. Click here for an overview of available manuals/ online tools.