For AgriProFocus publications on Gender in Value Chains, check our pages about the Toolkit on Gender in Value Chains, the Toolkit on Coffee as a Family Business and the book Challenging Chains to Chains. �
AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services also created an infographic of the Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Framework. For the full document in English, click here (there is also a French version available). Click here for the Spanish version, the Indonesian version and the Asian-English version
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12 articles we highly recommend reading
1. Creating Gender-Responsive Agricultural Development Programs.�An orientation document. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. February 2012. �
2. Improving Opportunities for Women in Smallholder-based Supply Chains. Business Case and Practical Guidance for International Food Companies. By Man-Kwun Chan. Advisory input from Stephanie Barrientos. See also the appendix: Case Studies and Executive Summary.
3. Gender in Value Chains. Evaluation Study 2010-2012. By Lone Riisgaard, Anna Maria Escobar Fibla and Stefano Ponte. The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).
4. See how they grow: Business Development Services for Women's Business Growth. By Simel Esim. Economist International Center for Research on Women.
5. Donor Committee on Economic Development (DCED). Private Sector Development Synthesis. Note: Inclusive Business Models, February 2014.
6. Discussion Paper for an M4P WEE Framework: How can the Making Markets Work for the Poor Framework work for poor women and for poor men? By Linda Jones, 2012. The Springfield Centre for Business in Development.
7. Toolkit for Integrating Gender-Related Issues in Land Policy and Administration Projects, Gender in Agriculture, Agriculture and Rural Development, World Bank.
9. Measuring Women's Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development. Guidelines for practitioners. by Erin Markel, DCED. July 2014.
10. Leveling the field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa. World Bank, 2014.
11. Promoting women's financial inclusion. A toolkit. Published by DFID and GIZ, 2012.
12. IFPRI Discussion Paper: Closing the Gender Asset Gap. Learning from Value Chain Development in Africa and Asia. February 2014.
Read how attitudes and social norms practiced in every-day life affect women’s economic empowerment in Vietnam in the summary of findings of a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Study conducted under SNV's 'Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises' (EOWE) programme:
Milk and dairy products are crucial for the daily food security and income generation of Afghan families, and women play an important role in the related activities. Since 2005, FAO is implementing the Integrated Dairy Schemes (IDS) Project, with financial support of the Afghan, German and Italian Governments and IFAD. The aim of the project is to improve food security in Afghanistan by supporting the national dairy sector. The Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industry and Social Protection Divisions of FAO, in collaboration with the FAO Representation in Afghanistan, undertook a detailed assessment to investigate the in depth impact on rural Afghan women and their families of the project. The assessment identified lessons learned and actionable recommendations to inform the design and implementation of gender-sens
The extreme workload of women is one of the gender based constraints hindering agricultural development in many countries. Reducing the burden of women however is easier said than done. This FAO study can be useful for practitioners motivated to design work reduction strategies for women in their agricultural programs.
Based on a broad literature review, this publication discusses rural women’s time poverty in agriculture, elaborates on its possible causes and implications and provides insight into the various types of constraints that affect the adoption of solutions for reducing work burden. This paper raises questions about the adequacy of women’s access to technologies, services and infrastructure and about the control women have over their time, given their major contributions to agriculture. It also looks into the available labour-saving technologies, practices and servic... Read more
Publication: USAID paper via www.microlinks.org
Evidence shows that giving poor women the means to improve their incomes and the power to make decisions has a catalyzing impact within their households, their communities, and beyond. The USAID-funded Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) activity seeks to build upon these efforts by demonstrating how business practices that are inclusive of women are good for business and social change.
This paper is based on extensive research and interviews and provides the rationale that market systems facilitation practitioners can use to engage private sector firms in efforts to empower women. From identifying partners to articulating the mutually beneficial value of women's inclusion, the paper offers guidance and real-world examples to help companies empower women working at every level of the economy.
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The business case for Women’s Participation in Agricultural Cooperatives; the example of the Manduvira sugar cane cooperative in in Paraguay
Read about the business arguments for women’s participation in cooperative supported by evidence from Manduvira sugar cane cooperative in Paraguay in the paper written by Claire Clugston Leland International Hunger Fellow with ACDI/VOCA, published in November 2014. Read the full paper.
As in many other countries in Paraguay women are underrepresented in agricultural cooperatives, in average 19% of the members and 7% of leaders of the cooperatives are women. The paper shows with data from Maduvira cooperative that women can and do succeed in positions that have historically been seen as more appropriate for men. It also shows that women’s participation and leadership in agricultural cooperatives can have advantages to their overall business performance.
1. Women Succeed in Non-Traditional Cooperative Roles
Manduvira shows how women can s... Read more