Event (DC): The Hidden Role of Gender in Food Security & Value Chain Development

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Society for International Development

Gender in Development Workgroup 

When: Friday, April 22, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
Where: The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Please join the SID-Washington Gender in Development Workgroup for a panel discussion on “The Hidden Role of Gender in Food Security & Value Chain Development.”

Investing in agricultural development has long been recognized as one of the best ways to reduce poverty in the long term, whether the goal is to feed individual families or to help economies grow.  In addition, research has shown that women in developing countries carry out much of the work with agricultural crops and production.  Women are also more likely to use income from these activities for food, healthcare and education for their children, helping lift entire communities out of poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth.

This panel will focus on successful value chain strategies, particularly those involving women, to boost income and achieve food security.  Specific interventions, success stories and private sector alliances will be discussed in the context of capacity building, access to markets, quality standards and post-harvest handling.


  • Florie Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
  • Emmanuela Mashayo, Project Coordinator, Purchase for Progress (P4P), World Food Program, Rwanda
  • Kathleen Vickland, Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, CARANA Corporation
  • Lindsey Jones, Specialist, Monitoring, Evaluation and Gender, ACDI/VOCA


Amanda Hilligas, Senior Manager, CARANA Corporation

*Light lunch will be provided by The QED Group, LLC. This event is also sponsored in part by CARANA Corporation.

For more information about the Gender in Development Workgroup, please visit the Ning site.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 19th as capacity for this event is limited.



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