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Presented by Dirk Hoekstra at Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender 2011) Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31st January–2nd February 2011

Presented by Dirk Hoekstra at Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender 2011) Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31st January–2nd February 2011

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  • 1. Observations and Reflections on the AgriGender 2011 WorkshopBy Dirk Hoekstra
    Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender 2011) Workshop Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    31st January–2nd February 2011
  • 2. Why this workshop
    Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), Ethiopia’s Growth Transformation Plan (GTP) and Agricultural Growth Program have intergrated the scaling out of best practices to support agricultural development
    The role of women is highligthed
    So what practices and appraoches can we offer
  • 3. Contributions from research and development partners
    As we move up the development ladder, the need for knowledge and skills becomes more evident
    Knowledge and skills can come from different sources in and outside the country
    The workshop brings together practitioners from different to share knowledge/skills on gender
    Through internet, knowledge will also be shared with the outside world
  • 4. Contributions form IPMS
    IPMS is a project funded by CIDA and implemented by ILRI and aprtners on behalf of the MoA
    Amongst others IPMS worked on gender sensitive strategies and interventions within the context of commodity value chains
    The proejct would also like to share its experiences
  • 5. Workshop Objectives
    • 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
    • 6. To synthesize lessons on what works in integrating gender and promoting women to participate in and benefit from agricultural markets
    • 7. To collate empirical evidence of the poverty, equity, food security and nutritional impacts of market-oriented agriculture
    • 8. To begin to build a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves the interests of women
  • Key Thematic Areas
    The role and situation of women in market oriented
    agriculture and value chains
    Tested strategies and practices to increase women’s access to services that enable them to engage in market oriented agriculture
    Tested strategies and good practices for integrating gender and women in market oriented agriculture
    Gendered impacts of market linkages and market integration.
  • 9. Workshop Outcomes
    • Increased awareness and knowledge of methods and approaches for integrating and evaluating gender in market oriented and value chain projects
    • 10. A donor and policy commitment to funding for gender integrative markets and value chain projects
    • 11. Formation of a network of researchers, practitioners and policy makers working on gender and market oriented agriculture
  • Observations
    Variations in the roles, shares of women between countries
    Female paravets in Bangla Desh
    Women dealing with spraying in Metema
    Gender disaggregated data
    Female headed HH and females in male headed HH
    Type of data to be collected
    Ownership and share of income
    Non income data – nutrition, changes in rights, acess
  • 12. Observations
    Need for holistic approach
    Man and women together
    Orchestra
    Household focus
    Need for flexibility/new strategies
    Single vs multiple commodities
    Value chain focus – gender focus
    Market orientation vs subsistence oriented strategies
    Evolving strategies based on monitoring and learning
    Less project/government, more stakeholder driven strategies
  • 13. Observations
    Gender sensitization
    Special attention for women, to get a seat at the table
    Gender integration in team
    Hard work vs paper
    Scaling out
    Market driven (formal and informal)
    Context specific – (system, farmers)
    Collective action vs individual action