Promoting gender-equitable
agricultural value chains:
Issues, opportunities, and next steps

Deborah Rubin and Cristina Ma...
Myths?

• Value Chain Analysis and development didn’t
need to address gender issues
• Women involved only as producers
• “...
The business case
Improving women’s incentives to increase productivity (& profitability)
Reducing discrimination to impro...
The Development Case:
Achieving the Win-Win

• Gender equality is good
for economic growth
• Gender inequalities are
costl...
1. Value chains are embedded in a social
context and its existing social relations
•

The household and market interact

•...
2. Gendered factors shape determinants of value
chain participation
• Assets as well as income
-Extent
-Sequence
3. Understanding gender dimensions of benefits
and/or governance systems
•Women often have participation that garners few ...
4. Value Chains change gender roles and
relations
• New technologies, upgrading shifts labor practices
• Crop production, ...
What’s next?
Developing value chains that support nutritional
outcomes
• A4NH
• Harvest Plus

Value chains for climate-sma...
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IFPRI Policy Seminar "Beyond Gender Myths Closing the Knowledge Gap in Agriculture and Food Security" by Deborah Rubin

  1. 1. Promoting gender-equitable agricultural value chains: Issues, opportunities, and next steps Deborah Rubin and Cristina Manfre Cultural Practice, LLC IFPRI Seminar, November 22, 2014 “Beyond Gender Myths: Closing the Knowledge Gap in Agriculture and Food Security”
  2. 2. Myths? • Value Chain Analysis and development didn’t need to address gender issues • Women involved only as producers • “Gender in Value Chains” only matters in value chains where women already have high participation (e.g., horticulture)
  3. 3. The business case Improving women’s incentives to increase productivity (& profitability) Reducing discrimination to improve efficiency Building on new market opportunities Identifying niche markets The social justice case International conventions Fair business practices National laws include social and gender equity
  4. 4. The Development Case: Achieving the Win-Win • Gender equality is good for economic growth • Gender inequalities are costly to economic development • Competitive and gender equitable VC programs can enhance poverty reduction
  5. 5. 1. Value chains are embedded in a social context and its existing social relations • The household and market interact • Social institutions reflect social norms • Legal frameworks embody social beliefs
  6. 6. 2. Gendered factors shape determinants of value chain participation • Assets as well as income -Extent -Sequence
  7. 7. 3. Understanding gender dimensions of benefits and/or governance systems •Women often have participation that garners few or no benefits •Men often have control or ownership of resources and that provide benefits without participation
  8. 8. 4. Value Chains change gender roles and relations • New technologies, upgrading shifts labor practices • Crop production, sales changes control over resources • Formalizing transactions affects intrahousehold financial management
  9. 9. What’s next? Developing value chains that support nutritional outcomes • A4NH • Harvest Plus Value chains for climate-smart agriculture Strengthening the asset base for improving women’s participation in agricultural value chains • IFPRI/ILRI’s Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project
  10. 10. www.culturalpractice.com 10

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