KMDP Value chain approach to gender

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KMDP Value chain approach to gender

  1. 1. Improving agri-practice: Addingvalue for women in staple crops Lydia Mbevi Nderitu Youth & Gender Associate ACDI/VOCA 23rd & 24th May 2011
  2. 2. Project design Increased productivity Increased access to markets and trade Increased access to Business Support Services Increased efficiency of producer organizations
  3. 3. Gender analysis of the VC 1. Volunteer Consultant from ACDI/VOCA Martha A. Denney Director, International Education Colorado State University FGD with farmers and KMDP staff (2004) 2. USAID Gender Consultant Charity Kabutha FGD on value chains (2005)
  4. 4. Gender analysis of the VC 3. USAID GATE project integrating gender into the maize value chain Deborah Rubin, Christina Manfre & Kara Nichols Barrett FGD with members of the VC (2008) 4. Gender analysis & Baseline of new geography – Consultant Charity Kabutha FGD with farmers for KMDP II (2011) Interviewed Makueni, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kitale, Bungoma and Siaya
  5. 5. Assessment of gender constraints Social change agenda Not just technical fixes but also labor Family communication patterns Project geography variation of language, culture, socialization, education and resources available to the farmers
  6. 6. Assessment of gender constraints Women are not necessarily members of groups Few women are leaders in groups Few women attend meetings, trainings, exposure visits Demonstration plots Deception – nobody wins Donkey cart
  7. 7. Gender constraints Gender issues treated with a lot of defensiveness, suspicion and inability to hear what is being said by both sexes
  8. 8. Interventions Partners and gender Single sex meetings (leadership) Review of publications Farming as a Family Business By laws at group level Technical fixes Chemical/Biological interventions
  9. 9. Gender related bottlenecks Gender myths Culture Language Access to resources Land Capital Cash crop verses subsistence farming Over loading women and children
  10. 10. KMDP II Male team members taking an active role in gender issues Gender sensitive deliverables Women’s inequitable access to factors of production
  11. 11. KMDP II Gender sensitive indicators Number of women with effective control of productive assets Whether they are the decision makers
  12. 12. Thank you!lmbevi@acdivoca-kenya.or.ke

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