As members of Agri-ProFocus, working on value chains and rural livelihoods, we became confronted with the non-gender sensitiveness of most of our tools and interventions. We decided to take up this issue, and started a learning trajectory on gender in value chains. During this process it became clear that we have to combine different knowledge fields: ‘gender and women empowerment’ with ‘value chain/pro-poor development’.
We have documented the main initiatives that have been taken so far within the gender in value chains trajectory in this working paper. In doing so, we intend to share the insights generated and lessons learned so far. The paper starts with a brief explanation of what has been undertaken so far (section A). One of the core initiatives has been the collection of seven relevant cases. These cases, all describing interventions in a value chain, have been analysed on gender and empowerment questions. The insights that were generated out of these cases are discussed (section B). These insights, together with some insights from a short literature review, have enabled the development of an emerging framework on gender in value chains (section C). This framework is linked to the main research questions. In the ultimate part (section D) this paper elaborates on what we have learnt regarding the process itself and looks to the future.
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