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1 Advancing Competitiveness, Reducing Poverty, Empowering Women Applying a Gender Equity Lens to Enhance Value Chain Development CARE / Christian Pennotti / Catherine Hill Development Trainings Services / Cristina Manfre Emerging Markets Group / Jacqueline Bass

2 Agenda - Welcome - Setting the Stage - Panelist Research Introductions - Panel Discussion - Conceptualizing gender in a value chain context - Incorporating gender into project design and implementation - Measuring results, striving for scale - The road ahead - Questions and Answers

3 Agenda - Welcome - Setting the Stage - Panelist Research Introductions - Panel Discussion - Conceptualizing gender in a value chain context - Incorporating gender into project design and implementation - Measuring results, striving for scale - The road ahead - Questions and Answers

4 Setting the Stage Why are we still talking about gender and value chain development? Hasn’t gender already been mainstreamed?

5 Well… not exactly. Some key points. Lots of progress in broad mainstreaming efforts but need to institutionalize. Growing global recognition of the need to incorporate gender and women for development to succeed Buzz Words: Rural, Agriculture, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa Growing body of evidence and tools for gender integration in value chain and private sector development

6 Gender Equitable Approaches to VC Development Improve: Household wellbeing Women’s employment / access to and control over resources = household wellbeing Productivity Women’s access to inputs = yields / ha Competitiveness Gender-based labor allocations = economic efficiency Economic Growth Increased gender equality correlated with economic growth

7 Agenda - Welcome - Setting the Stage - Panelist Research Introductions - Panel Discussion - Conceptualizing gender in a value chain context - Incorporating gender into project design and implementation - Measuring results, striving for scale - The road ahead - Questions and Answers

8 Development & Training Services, Inc. (dTS) Project: Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains Dates: May 2008 – September 2009 Countries: Kenya and Tanzania SummaryTo provide a combined technical assistance and training program that builds staff capacity to: Understand how gender issues affect agricultural value chains Learn to apply gender analysis to address gender issues in agricultural value chains Identify strategies for addressing gender issues in agricultural value chains

9 Key Research Findings Program staff encounter gender issues regularly Program staff need greater ability to address them Fear of ‘changing culture’ can be challenged Outliers are now commonplace Opportunities exist to ‘upgrade’ women’s participation in chains Creative actions to GbC are easily identifiable and manageable Development & Training Services, Inc. (dTS)

10 CARE Project: A Place to Grow - Empowering Women in our Agriculture Value Chain Programs Dates: Feb 2008 – Oct 2009 Countries: Desk Review: 11 Africa, 4 LAC In-Country: Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, Honduras Summary: CARE committed to tackle underlying causes of poverty, theory of change ties gender equity to poverty reduction Women = key impact group for agriculture and economic development strategies A Place to Grow - Developed Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Framework - Assessed women’s empowerment through CARE agriculture programs (n = 383 projects, 52 countries; 10M hh) - HG Buffet Foundation supported

11 CARE Applying the WEA Framework to Land and Property Rights

12 Key Research Findings Good at addressing issues at the individual level (agency); more work needed on root causes, systemic approaches Many promising practices, but not applied consistently Key Recommendations Develop, test, apply organizational/programming approaches re: structure, relations (e.g. engaging men, land and property rights) Move to program approach, long-term commitment to gender issues (e.g.CARE/partner/donor commitment) Undertake capacity strengthening as ongoing, monitored process (e.g. improve shared learning, documentation) CARE

13 Emerging Markets Group Ltd. Project: Early Lessons Targeting Populations with a Value Chain Approach Dates: January 2009 Countries: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya Summary: Three project assessment of effects of VC approach on vulnerable populations: USAID-funded COPE project – links orphans, vulnerable children and caregivers with market-based income- earning training while providing subsidized non-economic benefits. USAID-funded Uganda SPRING – economic initiatives for peace focused on three value chains in northern Uganda. Nike Foundation ‘Value Girls’ Project – exclusively targets adolescent girls with economic engagement strategies

14 Key Research Findings Utilize an integrated approach Recognize that the Value Chain Approach Takes Time to Demonstrate Results Balance Accountability Requirements, Short-Term Needs, and Sustainability Apply a Specific Lens to the Value Chain Analysis Move Beyond Demographics Weigh the Costs and Benefits of Targeting Emerging Markets Group Ltd.

15 Agenda - Welcome - Setting the Stage - Panelist Research Introductions - Panel Discussion - Conceptualizing gender in a value chain context - Incorporating gender into project design and implementation - Measuring results, striving for scale - The road ahead - Questions and Answers

16 Agenda - Welcome - Setting the Stage - Panelist Research Introductions - Panel Discussion - Conceptualizing gender in a value chain context - Incorporating gender into project design and implementation - Measuring results, striving for scale - The road ahead - Questions and Answers

17 Advancing Competitiveness, Reducing Poverty, Empowering Women Christian Pennotti Laté Lawson-Lartego Catherine Hill Cristina Manfre Jacqueline Bass


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