Harvest plus ofsp project gender workshop

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Harvest plus ofsp project gender workshop

  1. 1. HarvestPlus Reaching End Users Project By Sylvia Magezi November 6th , 2010
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. FOCUS OF THE PRESENTATION Activities undertaken Level of women participation Impacts of intervention
  4. 4. GETTING STARTED Selection of operational areas Selection of partners Selection of farmer groups BUKEDEA L. Victoria L.Albert L. Kyoga L. Edward L. George SO R O TI KUMI KAMULI LUWEERO MUKONO KAYUNGAÊÚ ÊÚ ÊÚ Kampala Jinja Mbale Implementation Areas Non-OFSP Areas ÊÚ Major Towns LEGEND ÊÚ ÊÚ ÊÚ N 50 0 50 Kilometers
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. IMPLEMENTATION STRUCTURE Senior Project Staff Project Staff based in partner institution Community Volunteers Villages Team Specialists Extension Staff Agric Promoters Nutrition Promoters Farmer Groups
  7. 7. PROMOTERS/VOLUNTEERS  Because of the crop, women took part in activities  Directly benefitted from training (knowledge and skills)  Were engaged in making products for sale and selling vines  Were at the fore front of planning and evaluating the activities Promoter Ratio Male : Female Agric 2 1 Nutrition 1 3 Total 3 4 Female involvement Promoter ratio
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. COOKING DEMOS WITH NUTRITION PROMOTERS •Targeted mothers and caregivers •Conducted nutrition education focusing on maternal and child nutrition.
  10. 10. DRAMA AND SONGS BY WOMEN • Mainly done by women • Men involved in leading and playing music instruments -
  11. 11. MARKETING THE OFSP ROOTS  Bicycle traders  Village retailers  Market traders
  12. 12. SWEET POTATO TRADERS BY GENDER Type of trader Male Female Bicycle traders 20 0 Farmer traders 2 14 Retailers 22 79 Wholesalers 4 16 Total 48 110  Apart from the bicycle traders all other traders are predominantly women  True for both markets in towns and in the village
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. THANK YOU

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