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New publication: Rural Women and Empowerment Topic Guide

The Rural Women and Empowerment Topic Guide is now published and available at:

It was prepared through the Evidence on Demand information hub (http://www.evidenceondemand.info/homepage.aspx) for DFID livelihood officers, but can be a resource for a wider audience working in rural areas.  There are 5 sections and links to further gender related resources
1.       Empowerment – overview and debates
2.       Supporting empowerment at the policy and programming levels
3.       Waged work and social protection and empowerment
4.       Entrepreneurship, value chains and empowerment
5.       Monitoring, evaluating and assessing impact.

Other Guides on topics such as climate, environment and livelihoods are also available at: http://www.evidenceondemand.info/list-of-topic-guides

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Publication: Gender, assets, and market-oriented agriculture: learning from high-value crop and livestock projects in Africa and Asia

A new paper synthesizing findings and “lessons learned” from four of the Gender, Assets, and Agriculture projects (LandOLakes, CARE-Bangladesh, HarvestPlus REU, and HKI Burkina Faso) is available online on the Agriculture and Human Values journal website.


Strengthening the abilities of smallholder farmers in developing countries, particularly women farmers, to produce for both home and the market is currently a development priority. In many contexts, ownership of assets is strongly gendered, reflecting existing gender norms and limiting women’s ability to invest in more profitable livelihood strategies such as market-oriented agriculture. Yet the intersection between women’s asset endowments and their ability to participate in and benefit from agricultural interventions receives minimal attention. This paper explores changes in gender relations and women’s assets in four agricultural interventions that promoted high value agriculture with different degrees of market-orientation. Findings suggest that these dairy and horticulture projects can successfully involve women and increase production, income and the stock of household assets. In some cases, women were able to increase their control over production, income and assets; however in most cases men’s incomes increased more than women’s and the gender-asset gap did not decrease. Gender- and asset-based barriers to participation in projects as well as gender norms that limit women’s ability to accumulate and retain control over assets both contributed to the results. Comparing experiences across the four projects, especially where projects implemented adaptive measures to encourage gender-equitable outcomes, provides lessons for gender-responsive projects targeting existing and emerging value chains for high value products. Other targeted support to women farmers may also be needed to promote their acquisition of the physical assets required to expand production or enter other nodes of the value chain.

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IFPRI is recruiting an Associate Research Fellow for gender analysis in value chain research

Please read the full job announcement here, and follow this link for more IFPRI career opportunities. 

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow for a two-year, fixed term, renewable appointment in its Poverty Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). The Associate Research Fellow will assist in strengthening the gender analysis in value chain research in the CGIAR.

Recognizing that gender is one of the main ways that agriculture influences nutritional outcomes, the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) has initiated a series of cross-CRP activities to strengthen understanding of gender-agriculture-nutrition linkages, build capacity to do gender-nutrition research, and catalyze joint research across-CRPs.  In partnership with the Livestock and Fish and Grain Legumes CRPs, A4NH is also working to integrate nutrition into CGIAR value chain research, where women’s and men’s roles in decision making, their level of participation, and asset ownership need to be taken into consideration to understand how value chain interventions may influence nutritional outcomes.

The Fellow will help bring these streams of work together, bringing a value-chain lens to the cross-CRP gender-agriculture-nutrition work and a gender lens to the empirical research on assessing the impacts of value-chain interventions on nutrition and other key outcomes. The Fellow will also be an integral member of project teams in other CRPs, and will be expected to spend approximately four months per year at other CGIAR centers or field sites, particularly in East Africa, which is a focus region for this work.

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

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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Resource: Improving Opportunities for Women in Smallholder-based Supply Chains

Recent research commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shows that by increasing women’s participation in smallholder sourcing and support programs, many international food companies can improve crop productivity and quality, grow the smallholder supply base, and improve access to high-value markets. The guide Improving Opportunities for Women in Smallholder-based Supply Chains: Business case and practical guidance for international food companies presents the results of this research in a practical format. It sets out the business case arguments and evidence for increasing women’s participation, and provides practical guidance and case studies about what companies can do to realize these benefits. This summary distills the key business case arguments and recommendations for action, and points the reader to relevant sections of the full guide for further guidance.

Access it here


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Event: ILRI Workshop on Gender & Market-Oriented Agriculture–Research to practice

An ILRI workshop on Gender and Market-oriented Agriculture is scheduled from January 31st to February 2nd in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop’s objectives are:

1)To bring together researchers, practitioners, private sector and donors that have been working on efforts to promote market oriented agriculture in which gender is an integral component, to share lessons

2) To synthesize lessons on what works in integrating gender and promoting women to participate in and benefit from agricultural markets

3) To collate empirical evidence of the poverty, equity, food security and nutritional impacts of market-oriented agriculture

4) To begin to build a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves the interests of women

More information.

Deadline for registration: November 15, 2010

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Publication: Gender & Value Chains

The overall purpose of this study is to examine which gender issues are important when and where in value chains – based on findings of existing evaluations complemented by other relevant studies. The focus in this report is on development interventions that explicitly or implicitly employ a value chain approach. Coverage is not limited to interventions targeting only women, but will also include evaluations and lessons learned from more generic value chain interventions insofar as they address or reflect upon gender issues.