Developing a gender strategy: The East African Dairy Development (EADD) experience

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Poster prepared by I. Baltenweck for the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish Gender Working Group Planning Meeting, Addis Ababa, 14-18 October 2013


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Developing a gender strategy: The East African Dairy Development (EADD) experience

  1. 1. Our approach Principles guiding the gender strategy This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Licence October 2013 Developing a Gender Strategy: The East African Dairy Development (EADD) experience • Increase the effective participation of women in project activities • Achieve a more equitable access to project and program resources • Improve practical benefits for women such as increased income, assets), greater financial security, and more livelihood options • Achieve progress toward more gender equality Strategic objectives Key Issues Key issues to be addressed by the gender strategy are grouped into four levels: • Staff level: • Chilling plant (marketing level) • Group level • Household/production level • Low livestock numbers owned by female headed households • Higher proportions of male headed households selling milk than female headed households in Uganda and Rwanda • Majority of decisions to use AI service, bull service and on milk sales made by men across all countries (in over 80% of households). • Fewer women have access to credit services • Fewer women than men have had access to business training The situation at Baseline Recommendations • Every EADD Partner Organization should have a gender focal person to form a gender working group at country level • EADD Operation and Planning Budgets should reflect gender issues in all activities • Technical training to focus on gender integration-Review EADD training modules to include and integrate gender aspects. • Evaluate services offered by chilling plants, and the extent to which they meet the needs of women • A monitoring system of women’s benefits and share of income from milk going to them • Exposure visits for men and women that demonstrate benefits of shared decision making and women’s involvements • EADD to set aside a sponsorship program for young women at community level to participate in trainings as farmer trainers and service providers • Analyze labor issues involved in shifts from pastoral system to the intensive system for women • Integrate technology evaluation system that integrates gender issues to know women’s perceptions of the different technologies and be able to address these.

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