Women play crucial roles in agriculture value chains. However often times their contribution remains invisible. This leads to inefficient chains. In order to make value chains work for both men and women there is need to build expertise of value chain actors and supporters on gender and value chain.
The AgriProFocus Tanzania Gender in Value Chain Program aims at improving gender equity in agricultural value chain development through a coaching trajectory that provides on-the-job guidance to value chain professionals to pit gender sensitive ways of working in practice.
Find more information on the coaching trajectory in this FACTSHEET
Women are usually the main producers of many crops such as sunflower and wheat in Rukwa region in the southern Highlands of Tanzania. But unfortunately they benefit less from these production activities. However Mama Mzindakaya a teacher turned farmer and agrodealer believe that women producers can do better if given opportunities such as access to resources such as land, credit or finances as well as decision making power and access and control over benefit of agriculture production.As a teacher mama Mzindakaya was always passionate with agriculture.
Women are important players in agriculture value chains
In Rukwa region of Tanzania a lot of women engage in agriculture production. Fortunate or unfortunately most of the activities that women are more involved in are the most important ones that determine the yields of the crop such as land preparation, sowing or planting, weeding, harvesting and post harvesting activi... Read more
SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania.
The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women.
Summary of the Assignment
Gender in Value chain Analysis
Even though farming here is a way of life, many rural villages in Tanzania lack nutritional diversity because they eat the same foods day-after-day, meal-after-meal. With their role in the field, women are the nutrition gatekeepers to these communities. And yet, too often, they are not land owners. They are not household decision-makers. They lack access to tools, financing and education needed to push forward. They are not empowered. Even worse, these gender customs are barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutr
Women dressed in vibrant African fabric are sprinkled across fields of tea, coffee and banana trees. This is Tanzania, and these women are the caretakers of the land – and of their families.
And yet, for women like Isabella Mwile, hard work in the field and raising children doesn’t necessarily make her a partner at home. Traditionally in Tanzania, men are the decision makers. However, in Isabella’s village of Mbaka, in Rungwe district, these traditions are changing.
In January 2015, leaders of Mbaka village acknowledged Isabella’s leadership qualities and selected her to attend an Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) training-of-trainers course on women’s’ and girls’ leadership in agriculture. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development, the IGE program facilitated this session with the... Read more