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Eadd presentation for gender workshop

  1. 1. East Africa Dairy Development Project Presentation to the Gender Inequalities, Asset Disparities, and Rural Livelihoods project workshop 5th November 2010
  2. 2. Basic project information • Vision: doubling household dairy income by year 10 through integrated interventions in dairy production, market-access and knowledge application. • Target of 179,000 families • 4 (and a half) year pilot phase in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda • Consortium led by Heifer International, with TechnoServe, ILRI, ABS-TCM and ICRAF • Most activities involve involvement of farmers’ groups – Small groups of 15 to 30 farmers, for training – Larger groups (500 +), who owns cooler or manages the bulking centre
  3. 3. Cornerstone of the project: the hub approach
  4. 4. Advantages of the hub approach • Improved access to inputs and services – Physical availability – Quality – Price (bulk purchase) – Possibility to purchase on credit using the “check- off” system • Improved access to milk market – Chilling plant – Or bulking raw milk centre (traditional hub)
  5. 5. Transforming Chilling plants to Business Hubs TRANSPORTERS TESTING FARMERS FIELD DAYS FEED SUPPLY AI & EXTENSION VILLAGE BANKS OTHER RELATED MEs HARDWARE SUPPLIERS CHILLING HUB
  6. 6. Biggest challenge- on gender • Gender not seen as priority at beginning of the project – Gender milestones to be achieved, yet no specific interventions planned (no staff, no budget) – Not great enthusiasm on meeting gender targets- gender seen more as a donor priority
  7. 7. Biggest success • Gender strategy developed based on baseline survey and internal discussions • Staff at country level agreed to take on additional task of coordinating gender activities: gender focal point persons • Training of staff was done early 2010 and the Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator was hired • About 36,000 women trained (about 52% of project target) • 165 women in leadership position (in groups- 102% of project target!!)
  8. 8. What we would have done differently? • Many things… • Prepare gender mainstreaming strategy at beginning of project • Ensure staff are trained on gender, and resources allocated- targeting women is costly • Engendered milestones from start
  9. 9. Thank you! Questions and Answers

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