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Posted 9 November 2018 at 12:39

Policies for Women’s Profitable Participation in Agricultural Market Systems

We know the important role that policies play in addressing the legal, institutional, and market constraints that agricultural market actors face. Teasing out how these laws and regulations affect women agri-entrepreneurs and wage workers can be more complicated, however. 

The Feed the Future program Enabling Environment for Food Security project has produced a technical note and a series of blogs on this topic. This post is based on the second blogauthored by Cristina Manfre of Cultural Practice with input from Fintrac Inc. Readers are encouraged to access the first, second, third, and fourth blog posts as well as the technical note.

This second blog concludes with the following recommendations:

So, what does an enabling environment that supports women’s profitable participation in agriculture look like? Among other characteristics, it is an environment that:

- Prioritizes the collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data to monitor, track, and evaluate the gains and losses men and women experience as policy reforms occurs.

- Eliminates discriminatory labor laws and supports legislation on pay equity and occupational safety and security.

- Improves transport, energy, and water infrastructure to ease the time and labor constraints associated with women’s disproportionate responsibility for household activities.

- Targets women agri-entrepreneurs with services that bundle finance, training and skills development, mentorship, and digital financial services.

- Strengthens laws on non-discrimination and against gender-based violence.

Further reading

To read the full list of recommendations and find the links to the technical note and the other blogs from the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security, click here.