31 January-2February 2011. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted a workshop on gender and market oriented agriculture.
The Workshop Objectives were:
• 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
• To synthesize lessons on what works in integrating gender and promoting women to participate in and benefit from agricultural markets
• To collate empirical evidence of the poverty, equity, food security and nutritional impacts of market-oriented agriculture
• To begin to build a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves the interests of women
She identified five key lessons that we should follow: First, do a proper gender analysis with each project, activity, piece of research; second, you need to actually focus on women, “what specifically can we do to focus on the needs and concerns of the women”; third, support the capacities of local women’s organizations; fourth, improve women’s and girls’ access to education and training; and fifth, recognize and promote women’s innovation. This provides an entry point for joint participatory research and development activities that will take you where women want to go. She finally called for us to find effective ways to raise the profiles of innovative women who have made markets work for them and their families.
Observations and reflections on the AgriGender 2011 WorkshopAnn Waters Bayer (ETC, The Netherlands) explains the issue of gender and livestock value chains:
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