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Harvest plus   ofsp project gender workshop Harvest plus ofsp project gender workshop Presentation Transcript

  • HarvestPlus Reaching End Users Project By Sylvia Magezi November 6th , 2010
  • OBJECTIVES  To promote the production, consumption and marketing of OFSP with the aim of reducing VAD  Develop and implement a cost-effective strategies for farmer adoption and consumer acceptance of orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP)  Measure impacts and draw lessons learned for future efforts
  • FOCUS OF THE PRESENTATION Activities undertaken Level of women participation Impacts of intervention
  • GETTING STARTED  Selection of operational N areas rt TI L. Kyoga be  Selection of O R Al SO KUMI L. BUKEDEA partners LUWEERO KAMULI Ú Ê Ú Ê Mbale KampalaÊ Ú Ê Ú Ê Ú Ê MU Ú KAYUNGA KO L. George Jinja N O LEGEND  Selectionof L. Edward L. Victoria Ú Ê Major Towns Non-OFSP Areas farmer groups 50 0 50 Kilometers Implementation Areas
  • SELECTION OF FARMER GROUPS / BENEFICIARIES  One of the project objectives was to address the vitamin A status of women and children  Site selection targeted groups that had mothers with children under 5 years of age.  Farmer groups selected had quite a high proportion of women –above 50%  Crop (sweet potatoes ) usually grown by women for household consumption
  • IMPLEMENTATION STRUCTURE Senior Project Staff Team Specialists Project Staff based in Extension partner Staff institution Community Agric Nutrition Volunteers Promoters Promoters Villages Farmer Groups
  • PROMOTERS/VOLUNTEERS Female involvement Promoter ratio  Because of the crop, women Promoter Ratio took part in activities  Directly benefitted from training Male : Female (knowledge and skills) Agric 2 1  Were engaged in making products for sale and selling vines Nutrition 1 3  Were at the fore front of planning and evaluating the activities Total 3 4
  • WOMEN IN PRODUCTION  High percentage of farmers were women (twice as much)  Crop considered one for Hh consumption and not income  When men realized women were earning they got interested
  • COOKING DEMOS WITH NUTRITION PROMOTERS •Targeted mothers and caregivers •Conducted nutrition education focusing on maternal and child nutrition.
  • DRAMA AND SONGS BY WOMEN •Mainly done by women • Men involved in leading and playing music instruments -
  • MARKETING THE OFSP ROOTS  Bicycle traders  Village retailers  Market traders
  • SWEET POTATO TRADERS BY GENDER Type of trader Male Female  Apart from the bicycle traders all Bicycle traders 20 0 other traders are predominantly Farmer traders 2 14 women Retailers 22 79  True for both Wholesalers 4 16 markets in towns and in the village Total 48 110
  • RESULTS  Built their capacity and confidence  Took on leadership roles in the community  Sold vines –some built and roofed their houses with iron sheets  Took on making OFSP products and today earn some income  Sell OFSP roots at homes and in near by markets
  • CONCLUSIONS The project contributed to:  decreasing gender inequalities – (both men and women had access to training)  Decreasing asset disparities because both male and female sold their vines, and OFSP roots and bought assets and  Improved livelihoods. However  Social relations in households were affected both negatively and positively
  • CONTINUED ACTIVITIES  Expanding to new areas - 2 districts  Adding iron rich beans to the OFSP  Targeting 10,000 beneficiaries this year in the new areas  Continuing support to the old areas to enable them continue marketing